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Obama battles Russia President over Syria crisis

US President Barrack Obama
US President Barrack Obama

In his bid to restore peace into Syria, President Barack Obama has used a speech to the United Nations to criticise Russia’s policy in Ukraine and Syria, hours before a rare meeting with President Vladimir Putin.
the US president told the General Assembly that Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s slaughter of his own people was “an assault on all our humanity”.
Mr Obama said the US was willing to work with Russia and Iran to achieve a “managed transition” to remove Mr Assad.
He said there could be no “return to the pre-war status quo” after the conflict, which has raged for more than four years, claiming at least 200,000 lives and driving millions from their homes.
But Mr Putin was expected to argue during his first face-to-face with Mr Obama in nearly a year that Mr Assad needs to be propped up as a bulwark against the Islamic State.
Mr Obama rejected Mr Putin’s continued support for the Syrian leader, saying that simply arguing the “alternative is surely worse” is not a solution.
The US President also said there must be consequences for Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
“We cannot stand by while the sovereignty and territorial integrity of a nation is flagrantly violated,” he said.
“If that happens without consequences in Ukraine, it could happen to any nation gathered here today.”
In a possible veiled jab at Mr Putin himself, the US President said: “The strong men of today become the spark of revolution tomorrow.”
The US and Russia have been unable to agree even on the agenda of their Monday afternoon meeting on the sidelines of the annual summit in New York City.
The White House said it would focus on Ukraine, but the Kremlin said they would discuss Syria and the fight against the Islamic State.
The two leaders have rarely encountered one another since Mr Obama vowed to isolate Mr Putin in retaliation for Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
Meanwhile, the United Kingdom Prime Minister, David Cameron, recently, also accused the Syrian President of being one of the great recruiting sergeants for ISIL and said he should face justice as soon as Syria crisis is over.

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