Obama and Putin to discuss Syria at next week's G8

Putin and Obama in conversation at a G20 summit in June last year. Credit: Reuters

US president Barack Obama will meet with Russian president Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G8 meeting in Northern Ireland on Monday and will discuss the crisis in Syria and arms control issues, the White House said today.

"They clearly have a very broad agenda to discuss," said Ben Rhodes, Obama's deputy national security advisor.