June 18th, 2012
03:26 PM ET

Obama says he, Putin agree political steps needed in Syria crisis

[Updated at 5:26 p.m. ET] U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday that he and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the conflict in Syria and "agreed that we need to see a cessation of the violence, that a political process has to be created to prevent civil war."

In comments to reporters after almost two hours of talks, Obama said he and Putin had "candid, thoughtful and through conversation" about various issues including Syria and Iran.

On Syria, Obama said he and Putin "pledged to work with other international actors including the United Nations" and its special envoy, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Obama and Putin are in Los Cabos, Mexico, for the two-day Group of 20 summit involving leaders of 20 of the world's leading economies.

The United Nations announced Saturday it was pulling back its unarmed monitors from Syria because escalating violence was  hampering the monitors' ability to observe and verify reports.

Syrian opposition groups say more than 13,000 people have been killed since President Bashar al-Assad's government started cracking down on anti-government protesters last year. The United Nations' latest estimate puts the death toll at more than 10,000. CNN cannot independently verify government and opposition claims of casualties because the Syrian government has restricted access by international journalists.

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  1. saywhat

    The likes of McCain,Lieberman & co, this country can do without, thank you.
    As for the G-20 summit if you notice the body language of these two leaders – Putin and Pr.Obama its clear that any rapport is missing. I think its unlikely that Russia would toe our line and forego their interests.

    June 19, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Good morning @Philip
    We Americans are blessed in this manner. Our media keeps us blessedly unaware of reality and away from worries.

    June 19, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. James

    Whatever comes out of agreeing, dont forget that Obama knows nothing about foriegn policy and even less about Putin. Where is H.C.? She needs to be involved.

    June 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
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