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Obama and Putin to hold talks over fight against IS in Syria

Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin will meet at the UN on Monday. Credit: PA

Barack Obama is to meet Vladimir Putin to discuss Russia's plans to counter Islamic State militants in Syria.

The American and Russian presidents will meet at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Monday.

White House officials said Mr Obama hoped to learn more about Russian plans to tackle IS by increasing its military presence in Syria.

"There's a lot of talk and now it's time for clarity and for Russia to come clean and come clear on just exactly how it proposes to be a constructive contributor to what is already an ongoing multi-nation coalition," said Celeste Wallander, the White House National Security Council's senior director for Russia.


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