resident Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin met for a longer-than-expected two hours Monday, on the sidelines of a G20 summit of world leaders in Los Cabos, Mexico. It was their first meeting since Putin regained the presidency in May, and the mostly chilly encounter suggests that Obama and Putin won't enjoy the warm rapport Obama had with Putin's predecssor, Dmitri Medvedev, or the one Putin shared with Obama's, George W. Bush. The two leaders failed to find common ground on what to do about the bloodshed in Syria, a Russian ally. "We agreed that we need to see a cessation of the violence, that a political process has to be created to prevent civil war," Obama said afterward.
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