British Prime Minister David Cameron met with Russian President Putin for the first time in a year at the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey. The hour long meeting was referred to as ‘constructive’ and mostly focused on Syria.
Before meeting with Cameron, Putin said: ‘The recent tragic events in France show that we should join efforts in preventing terror. Unfortunately our bilateral relations are not of the best, but there is certain revival.’
Following the meeting Cameron stated: ‘The disagreement has been that we think Assad should go at once and Russia obviously has taken a different view and we have to find a settlement where Assad leaves and there is a government that brings the country together. But we must not allow the gap there is between us to be the altar on which the country of Syria is slaughtered. That is the challenge. That is going to take compromises’
Although there has been no agreement about the future of Assad during the Vienna talks, there are no signs that Putin will abandon his support for the Syrian president.
Mr Cameron told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘The disagreement has been that we think that Assad should go at once and obviously Russia has taken a different view.’
‘We have to find a settlement where Assad leaves and there is a government that can bring Syria together and we mustn’t let the gap between us be the alter on which the country of Syria is slaughtered.’
‘That is the challenge. Now that is going to take compromises.’
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