No love lost between US President Obama and Russian President Putin…and for good reason.
Obama spent most of his eight years in office bombing seven sovereign nations and initiating an illegal coup in Ukraine, while Vladimir Putin has been defensively outsmarting the POTUS at every turn, in what has become a destructive and destabilizing US foreign policy.
In what is Obama’s last international summit, Vladimir Putin and the US President did not hide their displeasure with one another.
We can only hope that President-elect Donald Trump ushers in a more realpolitik agenda than lame duck Obama.
While reporters were out of earshot, the two world leaders talked about the Minsk Protocol, which has kept a fragile peace along the Russia-Ukraine border, the White House said.
“The president urged President Putin to uphold Russia’s commitments under the Minsk agreements, underscoring the US and our partners’ commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty,” a White House official said.
The men also spoke about the humanitarian crisis in Syria, the White House said.
“On Syria, the president noted the need for [US] Secretary [John] Kerry and [Russian] Foreign Minister [Sergey] Lavrov to continue pursuing initiatives, together with the broader international community, to diminish the violence and alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people,” the official said.
Putin later told reporters he is committed to improving Moscow-Washington relations.
The Russian leader said he has spoken to Trump and that the president-elect “reaffirmed his intent to normalize relations with Russia,” and “I naturally said the same.”