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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War emptied the suburb of Yarmouk in southern Damascus of its people. Assad's army holds it, but their prize is a ghost town.
Even in the President's heartland of Baltimore, 95% of voters are against his policy on military intervention in Syria.