Obama, Putin Meet with Tensions on Several Fronts
U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin have met briefly on the sidelines of a conference in Beijing, covering a few of the key global issues on which their governments do not agree.
Mr. Obama and Mr. Putin flanked Chinese President Xi Jinping and exchanged comments about the room as leaders walked into the venue for Tuesday's Asia-Pacific summit.
But away from the main talks, the White House said U.S. and Russian leaders met three times throughout the day for a total of about 15 to 20 minutes.
U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said the topics included Iran, Syria and Ukraine, but did not provide additional details.
Russia, Australia Leaders Urge Quicker MH17 Probe
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott have agreed on the need to speed up the investigation into the crash of a Malaysia Airlines flight in eastern Ukraine.
A Kremlin statement says talks on the July crash dominated a Tuesday meeting between the two leaders on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Summit being held in Beijing.
The meeting was being watched closely since Prime Minister Abbott had recently threatened to aggressively confront President Putin about Russia's alleged involvement in the July crash.
Mr. Putin's spokesman said the Australian leader apparently did not try to follow through on his threat to "shirtfront," or shoulder-charge, the Russian president, a technique used in Australian Rules football.
Many Western countries accuse Russian-backed separatists of shooting down the plane as it flew through rebel-held eastern Ukraine en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.