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President Barack Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G-8 Summit at Lough Erne in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, on June 17, 2013.
NBC News reports
President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin met Monday for the first time in more than a year, with the American leader hoping to persuade his counterpart to nudge the president of war-torn Syria to the negotiating table.
Obama and Putin had a what was described as a "bilateral meeting" at the Group of Eight summit in Northern Ireland after Obama angered Moscow by authorizing American military help for rebels in Syria. Russia is the most powerful ally of Syrian leader Bashar Assad.