G20 STANDOFF: That Awkward Moment Putin & Obama Had a Stare-Down After Failing to Solve Syria Problem

Obama is just making so many friends at the G20 summit. Soon we won’t have to worry about him though…for better or worse.

PRESIDENT Obama shared a tense exchange with Russian premier Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in China this morning as the two failed to agree over a ceasefire in Syria.

They were pictured shaking hands in an icy encounter at the gathering of leaders from the world’s twenty biggest economies in Hangzou.

It comes after weeks of talks between US and Russian diplomats have failed to turn up an agreement on bringing peace to the war-torn country.

Russia is firmly backing barrel-bombing dictator Bashar Al-Assad, providing military assistance and war planes.

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America is on the side of what it calls “moderate” anti-Assad rebels and Kurdish forces leading the ground fight against ISIS.

Sly Putin could be seen grinning as he clasped hands with stony-faced Obama, who is serving the final months of his Presidency before November’s election.

Relations with Russia have become central to the campaigns of Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump after the alleged hack by Moscow spooks of Democratic Party emails.

The leak of internal memos seemed to suggest a conspiracy to keep former Presidential nominee Bernie Sanders from winning the party’s candidacy.

The revelations led to the resignation of Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Obama’s meeting with Putin resulted in an agreement to step up negotiations and intelligence sharing.


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