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G20: 'UN paralysed over Syria'

World leaders have failed to reach agreement on the Syria crisis despite days of talks at the G20 summit in Russia. In a joint statement, 11 country's leaders - but not Vladimir Putin - admitted the UN Security Council "remains paralysed over Syria."

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Kremlin: Russia and US no closer to Syria agreement

Putin passes Obama as world leaders pose for their G20 group photograph. Credit: DPA

US president Barack Obama and Russian president Vladimir Putin met for 20 minutes on the sidelines of a G20 summit today but remained at odds over the conflict in Syria, Putin's senior foreign policy adviser said.

"They sat down before today's working session, in armchairs, and had a 20-minute chat, one on one," the adviser, Yuri Ushakov, told Reuters.

He said Syria was the main topic and said: "No, their (positions) have not come closer."

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