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Obama, Putin face off over Syria

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.

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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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