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Russian and U.S. presidents find no common ground on future of Assad as leader of post-war Syria

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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the United Nations General Assembly in New York September 28

Presidents of the U.S. and Russia met on September 28 in New York as part of the U.N. General Assembly, but remained of differing opinions as to whether Bashar al-Assad should lead the future post-war Syria.

In duelling speeches during the UN General Assembly, Obama called the Syrian leader a child-killing tyrant, while Putin stated the world should support Assad against the Islamic State terrorist group, AFP reports.

The Russian leader also warned that he planned to step up assistance for Assad’s forces and has not ruled out air strikes.

Later on September 28, Putin and Obama met in talks after which Putin appeared pleased that Obama had agreed to Russia taking part in the debate, and evaluated: «In my opinion there is a basis to work on shared problems together.»

The politicians agreed there should be a process of political transition in Syria, however, U.S. official said to AFP that they «fundamentally disagreed» on the role of Assad.

In his first address to the world body in a decade, Putin stated: «We must address the problems that we are all facing and create a broad anti-terror coalition,» and proposed a Security Council resolution on a coalition to include Assad and Iran.

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