08:03 GMT +321 January 2019
Listen Live
    President Vladimir Putin meets with President Barack Obama in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland

    Common Threats Paving Way to Putin-Obama Meeting in New York City

    © AP Photo / Evan Vucci, File
    Get short URL

    The Russian and US presidents might meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama could possibly meet in New York City on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to discuss the situation in Syria, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.

    “We have always said that we do not exclude any sort of dialogue and believe that dialogue is a needed instrument to express each other’s positions and finding consensus and understanding,” Peskov told journalists.

    Peskov was unable to elaborate on what type of format a possible meeting between the two leaders might be held since there has so far been no agreement or signals for a meeting of this type.

    Dozens of world leaders are expected to attend the regular September 15-October 6 session covering the 70th anniversary of the UN General Assembly agenda.

    Putin, who is expected to address the General Assembly on the crises in Ukraine and Syria as well as the international fight against terrorism, will take part in the assembly for the first time since 2005.

    Both Putin and Obama are scheduled to speak at the UN headquarters on September 28.

    The conflict in Syria is entering its fifth year with nearly a quarter million casualties, according to the United Nations. Government forces are engaged in a two-front campaign against opposition fighters and militants with links to extremist groups.

    The United States seeks the removal of Syrian President Bashar Assad, while Russia advocates a political solution to the crisis and cooperation with Syrian authorities.

    Absurd to Hamper Russian Efforts on Settling Syrian Crisis

    Moscow believes it absurd that other countries are taking steps to hamper Russia’s efforts in settling the Syrian crisis and the fight against the Islamic State, Peskov said.

    “We completely agree that it’s necessary to settle the catastrophic situation that is currently seen in Syria and efforts are needed in the fight against the catastrophic spreading of the so-called Islamic State. In regard to this, there is no differences [of opinion] and it’s completely absurd in this case to hamper those efforts that Russia is making with efforts that are being made by other countries,” Peskov told journalists.

    The spokesman argued in favor of Russia’s support for Syrian President Bashar Assad as the "only active force in the country able to counter the further spread of IS."

    "Unfortunately, we have yet to hear any intelligible explanations for the immediate actions to stop the spread of IS in Syria from our partners," Peskov elaborated.

    Addressing the subject of Russia’s possible isolation, Peskov noted that he had seen and heard similar rhetoric over the past year and gauged the threats as "fairly relative."

    The "complete failure of such rhetoric" is demonstrated by Russia’s standing as a responsible and vital member of the international community, alongside Putin’s active efforts on the international front, he added.

    Russia has confirmed in recent days that it is assisting the Syrian government led by President Bashar Assad in its efforts to combat ISIL terrorists.

    Following the news, Western media began to speculate about an alleged Russian military buildup in Syria, a claim that Moscow has denied.

    Russia has been engaged in multilateral efforts to solve the ongoing civil war in Syria through dialogue, as well as providing humanitarian aid to the Syrian people.


    Obama, Putin Should Discuss Ukraine Regional Autonomy - Former US Official
    White House Reluctant to Confirm Obama’s Meeting With Putin at UN
    Lavrov: Putin-Obama Meeting Possible if US Makes Proposal
    Don't Worry, Trump: Putin and Obama Don't 'Hate' Each Other
    UN General Assembly, Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin, Barack Obama, Syria, United States, Russia, New York City
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik