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'Gaps of trust' hamper Syria deal with Russia,says Obama

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At the Eastern Economic Forum, which was held in Vladivostok right before the G20 summit in Hangzhou, Chinese investors told Putin that Russian ice-cream is very popular in China but it is very hard to get there, so ice-cream lovers have to travel to Russia especially. "We understood what was going on and where things would lead".

Few areas of agreement emerged with major differences remaining over Syria, and there was little in the way of solid proposals to tackle the growing challenges to globalisation and free trade.

This isn't the first time Duterte's penchant for eyebrow-raising comments has triggered diplomatic disputes.

During Putin's meeting with the new British prime minister, Theresa May, having greeted members of their delegations, the two leaders approached their armchairs.

"We also spent time talking about Ukraine".

Mr Turnbull earlier told reporters the need for a political solution in Syria was "greater than ever".

While Obama looks on intently, Erdogan can be seen engrossed in a chat with his newfound friend Vladimir Putin, the Russian President.

"The problem is that the various parties are well resourced".

Russian support for the offensive prompted USA officials to raise questions over whether the Russians could be relied upon to implement an agreement to freeze battle lines and ground the Syrian air force.

Erdogan's spokesman said on Tuesday that Russian Federation had voiced full support for Turkey's operation to clear the border of Islamic State.

In recent days, the U.S. State Department and Russian Federation have signaled that they are close to the first step of restarting a cessation of hostilities, modeled after the brief cessation that was agreed upon in February.

"But typically the tone of our meetings is candid, blunt, businesslike".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said he urged world leaders to establish a no-fly zone in northern Syria, two weeks after Turkish forces pushed the "Islamic State" militant group and Kurdish militias from the border area.

US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin failed to reach a deal on a ceasefire for Syria, but the two sides have agreed to continue negotiating even as Syrian government forces close in on the beseiged city of Aleppo.

"Given the gaps of trust that exist", Obama said, "that's a tough negotiation".

"We haven't yet closed the gaps".

At the press conference Monday, Obama also addressed concerns about cybersecurity, acknowledging that the US has "had problems with cyber intrusions" from Russian Federation and other countries. Any deal would depend on Moscow using its influence with Syrian President Bashar Assad to persuade him to ground planes and stop the assault on opposition forces.

"What we can not do is have a situation in which suddenly this becomes the wild wild west, where countries that have significant cyber capacity start engaging in. unhealthy competition or conflict through these means".

Obama notes at his news conference before leaving China that he will be the first US president to visit the southeast Asian country.

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