“I did not hold my expectations high, since it’s our first meaningful meeting. It was designed to have a warm-up nature, so that we can have more concrete talks in the future,” Putin told reporters late on Monday. “But it turned out different, our discussion proved to be really thoughtful.”
Russia’s leader described his US counterpart as a “competent man,” who is able to listen to arguments of others, yet stand his ground. “He’s a very competent man, he’s in the know, he listens. On some issues he stands by his opinions,” Putin stated.
One of examples of such issues is the nuclear deal with Iran, Putin said, adding that Russian stance on the matter remains unshaken and the landmark deal should stand.
The two leaders agreed to pursue joint efforts on fixing several outstanding problems, namely the conflict in eastern Ukraine and the issue of displaced people in Syria. On Ukraine, Russia and the US came up with “several new ideas,”which are set to be discussed at “expert level,” Putin revealed.
Moscow and Washington are on “the right track” working towards political reconciliation in Syria, Russia’s president believes. The Syrian government, however, has already taken the necessary steps towards ending the conflict and “the ball now is on the opposition’s side,” since it still hadn’t made its submission to the Constitutional Committee, Putin noted. The UN-backed body is expected either to amend or to draft an entirely new constitution for the country. (Click to Source)