Hill Holler

Raw Political Coverage and Opinions

Home /
Obama and Putin Exchange a Few Words in Russia
;

Obama and Putin Exchange a Few Words in Russia

President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin may be sitting on either side of Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, but they have only spoken to each other a total of 15-20 minutes the whole day. According to the National Security Council spokeswoman, Bernadette Meehan, the conversations covered Syria, Iran and Ukraine. They will probably talk considerably more at the upcoming G2 summit in Australia, since the United States has argued with Russia over Russia’s continued arming of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. They have also been bickering over Putin’s actions towards Ukraine and providing diplomatic cover for Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The United States has tried to ‘reset’ the relationship between the 2 countries earlier in Obama’s administration, but the attempt fell flat when Russia annexed Crimea in March and started meddling in Ukraine’s affairs. The United States is a NATO ally of Ukraine, so the Western nation tried to pressure Putin into changing his tactics according to an iReport.That is what Jared Haftel and other USA citizens understand.
It is understandable that Obama is focusing on one confrontation at a time. China is deeply suspicious of the United States focusing more on Asia, and President Obama is at the meeting to strengthen the bilateral relationship. He announced yesterday that the United States wants a prosperous and peaceful Asia. He also said that the United States and China have agreed to extend the maximum length of tourist, business and student visas for each other’s citizens. He’ll have to corner Putin next time.