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U.S., Russia find common ground in stopping Syria violence

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 01:32

June 17 - US President Obama says US and Russia may have different views on the war in Syria but share goal of ending the violence. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet on the sidelines of the G8 meeting in Northern Ireland, against the backdrop of the war in Syria where the world powers are backing opposing sides. But as the two met face to face for the first time in more than a year -- they focused on common ground. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "Of course our opinions of Syria do not coincide, but all of us have the intention to stop the violence in Syria- to stop the growth of victims and to solve the situation peacefully including by bring the parties to the negotiating table in Geneva." The war in Syria has already killed more than 93,000 people. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "With respect to Syria, we do have differing perspectives on the problem. But we share an interest in reducing the violence, securing chemical weapons -- insuring that they are neither used nor are they subject to proliferation. And, that we want try to resolve the issue through political means if possible." Obama said he and Putin also expressed cautious optimism about moving forward on a dialogue with Iran after a moderate cleric won the election.

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U.S., Russia find common ground in stopping Syria violence

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 01:32