Obama, Putin face off over Syria

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Obama vowed after the two-hour meeting to not let his “differing perspectives” with Putin get in the way of closer cooperation on counterterrorism, arms control and other issues.

He opened his remarks on the margins of the G8 by praising Putin for a “very useful conversation” and thanking him for Russia's “cooperation” with the investigation into the Boston bombing. He announced their intention to sign a new nuclear nonproliferation deal to replace the expired 1992 Nunn-Lugar agreement.

“This, I think, is an example of the kind of constructive, cooperative relationship that moves us out of a Cold War mindset into the realm where, by working together, we not only increase security and prosperity for the Russian and American people, but we also lead the world to a better place.”

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