According to the US president, Washington and Moscow try to focus on common interests, such as ending the conflict in Syria, despite deep disagreements on other issues.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Washington and Moscow try to focus on common interests, such as ending the conflict in Syria, despite deep disagreements on various other issues, US President Barack Obama said during a press conference on Tuesday.
“I think we’ve already got a lot differences with Russia on a whole bunch of issues, but I think that we’ve been able to try to stay focused on those areas where we still have a common interest, understanding that we have deep disagreements on issues like Ukraine, but perhaps we have an interest in bringing an end to violence in Syria,” Obama told reporters.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov
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