Middle East

Why Putin Wants to Meet Obama

Russia doesn't want to go it alone in Syria.

No love lost.

Photographer: Christophe Ena/Getty Images

If you listen to the press secretaries of Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin, you'll get conflicting versions of what the U.S. and Russian presidents will talk about when they meet next week at the United Nations General Assembly. For all their differences, though, the meeting need not be a waste of time.

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