Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks with his US counterpart, Barack Obama, during his stay at the UN General Assembly, Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin press secretary, said.
“A meeting with Obama has been coordinated,” Peskov said, adding that the Russian leader will also be negotiating with Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.
When asked about the agenda of the Putin-Obama talks, the press secretary’s reply was “I’ll give you three guesses.” Later, Peskov specified by saying, “naturally, Syria is going to be topping the agenda.” “If there is enough time,” the Ukrainian issue will also be discussed by the leaders of Russia and the US, he added. According to the press-secretary, the meeting will last from 50 minutes to an hour and will take place after the Russian president’s address at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly on September 28. Contact between Putin and Obama has been rare since the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis. They last met face to face a year ago during an APEC summit in China and only talked on the phone a few times since then.