G20 sideline meeting nets agreement on Syrian transition

Despite the G20 summit being consumed with dialogue on ISIS’ attack on a Paris nightclub, Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama did reach a tentative agreement on a major hurdle impeding a resolution to the crisis in Syria.

Huddled in a corner of the Regnum Carya Hotel Convention Center in Belek, Turkey, the two men sat hunched over a table and were flanked by a Russian interpreter and National Security Advisor, Susan Rice.

During a brief recess between the Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa Emerging National Economies Summit (BRICS) and a working meeting of the G20, both Mr. Putin and Mr. Obama have come to an agreement on a “Syrian-led and Syrian-owned” political transition.

Putin aide, Yury Ushakov, stated:

“Strategic objectives relating to the fight against the Islamic State are, in principle, very similar (between Russia and the US), but there are differences on the tactics side.”

This agreement almost assures Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will remain in power until military operations against ISIS are ended and the terror group is annihilated.

“A White House official said Obama and Putin had agreed the United Nations would mediate negotiations between the Syrian opposition and the regime after a ceasefire.”

The 30-minute conversation was not limited to Syria, however.  The brief conversation did include Mr. Obama broaching the subject of Ukraine where he emphasized his desire to see the Minsk Accords to be fully implemented.

The president did extend his condolences for the loss of life in last month’s MetroJet downing.

 

[The Guardian]  [RT News] [Photo courtesy RT News]