Obama presses Putin on Syria as Aleppo pummeled

Lima, November 22
US President Barack Obama on Monday urged greater efforts to end violence in war-torn Syria in brief talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as concern mounts over a ferocious regime bombing campaign in rebel-held parts of Aleppo.
Obama made the comments to his Russian counterpart on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Peru, in what could be their last meeting before the US president leaves office in January.
It was the first time they had met since the US presidential election and the shock victory of Donald Trump, who has pursued a far warmer relationship with Putin than Obama did.
“On Syria, the president noted the need for Secretary (John) Kerry and Foreign Minister (Sergei) Lavrov to continue pursuing initiatives, together with the broader international community, to diminish the violence and alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people,” said a White House official.
Syrian government forces last Tuesday launched a bid to retake the eastern rebel-held side of Aleppo using air strikes, barrel bombs and artillery.
Moscow, which began a military intervention in support of President Bashar al-Assad’s government last year, says it is not involved in the current assault on Aleppo, instead concentrating its firepower on a neighboring province.

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