U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed implementation of the Minsk peace accords, including plans by separatists to hold "illegal" local elections.
During a 90-minute meeting, the two leaders talked about ways of resolving the Syrian crisis and agreed that their armed forces should hold talks to avoid coming into conflict in Syria. However, they clashed over the question of whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should retain power, reports Reuters.
The 90-minute talk covered Ukraine and Syria, with both topics getting equal time. Obama mentioned his concern about implementation of the Minsk peace accords, including plans by separatists to hold "illegal" local elections.
Following the talks, the Russian President said there would be no further US involvement in the Ukrainian conflict because Washington is ‘deeply involved in it as it is’. According to Putin, Moscow and Putin are in ‘good and businesslike contact’ on the Ukrainian issue.
The two presidents are reported to have clinked glasses and shaken hands with each other at a United Nations luncheon. According to BuzzFeed, Putin and Obama were one seat apart at the luncheon, with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon being in the middle. While Ban Ki-Moon was toasting, Obama and Putin shook hands with each other.
The US President also offered a toast to the United Nations:
“I would like to raise this glass to the United Nations, as well as our unity and that of all those people we are responsible for. Cheers!” said Obama.