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The US & Russia are Fighting a Proxy War in Syria

Bloomberg | By Mike Dorning & Ilya Arkhipov - Jun 17, 2013

President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, put their escalating differences over Syria on display even as they agreed to urge both sides in the civil war there to the negotiating table.

“Of course, our opinions do not coincide” on Syria, Putin said when the two went before the television cameras after meeting on the sidelines of an international summit in Northern Ireland. “We do have differing perspectives,” Obama said, while adding that “we share an interest in reducing the violence.”

Some Western leaders publicly rebuked Putin for his support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as the Group of Eight summit of industrial nations began.

Obama and Putin focused on areas of agreement in remarks after the talks, their first one-on-one meeting in a year, both offering hopes that the Iranian elections would open way for progress in negotiations to that country’s nuclear program and noting common efforts on counterterrorism. Obama began his comments by thanking Russia for assistance with the investigation into the Boston marathon bombings.

Both said they would encourage forces they are backing in the Syrian civil war to begin talks planned in Geneva. The two powers are now openly arming opposing sides in Syria.

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