Putin says he and Obama still at odds on Syria, blames attack on rebels

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia Fri Sep 6, 2013 9:40am EDT

Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) arrives for the family picture event during the G20 summit in St.Petersburg September 6, 2013. REUTERS/Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Pool

Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) arrives for the family picture event during the G20 summit in St.Petersburg September 6, 2013.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said he and U.S. President Barack Obama stuck to their positions over Syria but listened to each other during a one-on-one meeting on the sidelines of a G20 summit on Friday and are looking for ways forward.

Putin blamed an alleged chemical attack on opponents of the Syrian government, saying it was a provocation, and suggested that a punitive U.S. military strike on the Middle Eastern nation would harm the global economy and stifle growth.

(Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk; Writing by Steve Gutterman)

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