Obama: US not aligned with Russia and China on Syria, though they see dangers of civil war

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: June 19, 2012 - 7:38 PM
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President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the G20 Summit, Tuesday.

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LOS CABOS, Mexico - President Barack Obama says China and Russia are "not aligned" with the U.S. and other nations on Syria but says both countries' leaders recognize the dangers of a civil war.

Obama met with Russian President Vladimir Putin (POO'-tihn) and Chinese President Hu Jintao (hoo jihn-tow) on the sidelines of an economic summit. Syria was a top subject.

China and Russia have close ties to Syria and have vetoed two U.N. resolutions that mentioned the threat of sanctions against President Bashar Assad's (bah-SHAR' AH'-sahd) regime. China and Russia, however, did support an observer mission in Syria and a plan by special envoy Kofi Annan (KOH'-fee AN'-nan) to end the violence.

Obama said Russia and China believe "everyone would be better served" if Syria had a mechanism for ceasing the violence."

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