President Barack Obama is urging Russian President Vladimir Putin to decrease tensions with Turkey following the downing of a Russian jet by Turkish forces.
Obama, who meets briefly with Putin on the sidelines of global climate talks outside Paris, expresses regret for the death of a Russian pilot and crew member in that incident, according to the White House.
Obama tells Putin that Syrian President Bashar Assad must leave power in the transition to end Syria’s civil war, according to the White House. He also calls on Russia to focus its airstrikes in Syria on Islamic State militants, not rebels fighting Assad.
During their 30-minute meeting, Obama and Putin express urgency for a political resolution in Syria, as well as implementing a ceasefire in Ukraine, according to the Kremlin.
— AP contributed