President Obama met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit in St. Petersburg on Friday, the White House said.
Speaking with reporters, Putin confirmed the 20-minute long meeting, which the Russian leader described as “constructive.”
Putin added that “there was a dialogue” and that while the two leaders did not agree on how to proceed in Syria, “we listened to each other.” Putin described “a good atmosphere” surrounding the talks. But he said both leaders “stuck to their guns.”
The Russian leader also indicated that Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov would meet soon to discuss a path forward on Syria.