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By Bill Lewis     Apr 15, 2013 in Politics
U.S. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon met with Russian leaders on Monday to prepare for a meeting between US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
U.S. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon met with President Putin, Security council Secretary General Patrushev, Foreign Minister Lavrov, and Presidential Foreign Policy Advisor Ushakov of Russia in order pave the way for U.S. President Barack Obama to meet with President Putin in September at the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland. The talks, which the White House stated were, “on the full range of bilateral and global issues” likely focused heavily on North Korea and Syria.
While the White House did not indicate specifically what was covered Reuters reports that the White House has been, “pressing Russia to use its influence to help reduce tensions with North Korea.” As tensions remain high on the Korean peninsula it is unlikely that the United States and Russia would not discuss this pressing issue.
Syria is another issue that is sure to have been addressed as preparations are made for the meeting between the two world leaders. Frank Klotz of the Council on Foreign Relations reports that, “Russia has repeatedly vetoed U.S.-supported UN resolutions intended to sanction Syria and to pressure president Bashar al-Assad into relinquishing power.” The United States and Russia have also condemned the arming of differing sides of the conflict. CBS reports that, “Russia will continue supplying weapons to Syrian President Bashar Assad's government despite the country's escalating civil war.” The United States and others have criticized these actions severely. Contrarily Russia has condemned plans by the U.K. to arm Syrian rebels as a breach of International Law according to the The Guardian. While the United States has not taken action to arm Syrian rebels they have supported the U.K.’s right to do so and Reuters reports that Senators from both parties have pushed President Obama to change his stance on arming rebels.
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