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Pressure mounts on Obama over Syria at G20 summit

Thursday, Sep 05, 2013 - 01:24

Sept. 5 - President Barack Obama faced growing pressure from world leaders not to launch military strikes in Syria at a G20 summit on the global economy. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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U.S. President Barack Obama arrives for the G20 meeting in Russia, where he is expected to face growing pressure from world leaders NOT to launch military strikes on Syria. Obama and host Russian President Vladimir Putin are on opposite sides of the conflict. While the G20 summit typically focuses on finance and economics -- this time Putin said he would make room for Syria. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "Some participants asked me to give them time and the possibility to discuss some other issues of foreign policy which were not previously on the agenda but which are very important and urgent, above all the situation in Syria. I propose to do it during the dinner so we won't put everything in one pile and so in the first part of our meeting we can discuss the very problems we originally have gathered here for, the problems which are key to the G20 countries." The first round at the summit went to Putin with China, the European Union and the Pope signing a letter for G20 leaders - calling for a political solution in Syria. Obama does have support from France and Turkey. Any G20 decision on Syria would not be binding. But Putin would like to see a consensus to avert military action in what would be a significant political triumph.

Pressure mounts on Obama over Syria at G20 summit

Thursday, Sep 05, 2013 - 01:24

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