Obama, Putin discuss Syria at G-20 summit
Can tensions be resolved?
- Duration 2:44
- Date Jun 18, 2012
Can tensions be resolved?
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-- was tonight.
There are reports that Russia is sending troops to Syria to protect its naval base there.
Russia's new president who is also -- old president met with the US president today to try to smooth over some bumpy times.
National security correspondent Jennifer Griffin has the story tonight.
After weeks of intentional snubs and rising disagreement over Syria at the US and Russian president.
Finally met face to face for the first time in three years on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Mexico.
Neither leader looked at each other while making a few cursory remarks after their meeting.
Their body language suggested the gaps in their positions had not been bridge and the relationship may not have been reset.
Mention that we discuss Syria.
We agreed that we need to see a cessation of violence that paid political process -- Of the creative.
Prevent civil war.
It wasn't exactly a bear hug but -- had a test lasted two hours with the rising Specter of civil war in Syria.
And reports that Russia is preparing to send two naval ships and Marines to the Syrian port of -- -- -- serving as a backdrop.
-- was live ministry from my perspective that would enable do find out how many government and having pizza for being built all of those issues.
President Obama waited days to congratulate President Putin following his return to power in May.
The Russian strongman been snubbed the US president by backing out of the G-8 summit at Camp David.
And canceling a White House meeting with the president last month.
Meanwhile the violence Syria won a precious few allies in the Middle East and home to -- only base outside the former Soviet Union.
Gets worse every day.
UN peacekeeping observers pulled out of serious this weekend -- Senator John McCain again called for the US and international community to intervene.
Syrian army defectors told us killing and rape and torture which what they were instructed to do.
As a tactic of terror and intimidation.
So if I get a little emotional when I talk about Syria.
That's why Russia has blocked attempts by the UN Security Council to sanction the Asad regime if.
Not to -- what Russia and China.
Make -- religion change or help somebody.
Fails to make -- change.
The Russians were irritated when secretary of state Hillary Clinton criticize them for sending attack helicopters to Syria.
Now -- British insurance agency has pulled its coverage of our Russian ship.
Carrying three of those helicopters meaning it will likely have to turn -- -- Jennifer Griffin at the Pentagon tonight Jennifer thanks so much.