Putin, Obama may discuss Syria next week in Bali-Kremlin

Reuters

MOSCOW, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putinand U.S. President Barack Obama may discuss the Syria crisis onthe sidelines of an Asia-Pacific summit next week in Bali, aKremlin aide said on Thursday.

"It would be rather logical to meet (Obama) in Bali, takinginto account the work on the Syrian issue," Putin's top foreignpolicy adviser, Yuri Ushakov, told reporters.

He said U.S. and Russian officials were discussingarrangements for a possible meeting during the Asia-PacificEconomic Cooperation (APEC) summit. Putin is expected to leaveMoscow for the Indonesian island of Bali on Sunday.

Russia, which is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's mainally, and the United States have long been at odds over theconflict in Syria.

But the two countries, which are permanent members of theU.N. Security Council, agreed last month on a plan for theSyrian government to hand over its chemical weapons and aretrying to arrange an international peace conference.

Obama and Putin also discussed Syria briefly during a summitof the Group of 20 developed and developing nations in theRussian city of St. Petersburg on Sept 5-6.

Relations between Washington and Moscow are strained by anumber of issues, including Putin's record on human rights anddemocracy.

Obama pulled out of a U.S.-Russia summit in September afterMoscow granted temporary asylum to Edward Snowden, the formerU.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of governmentsurveillance programmes and is wanted by the United States.

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