Transcript for President Obama and President Putin Will Meet This Week
Whater you nd, whev youerd itee, eck Yelpirst. Know Ju the pla. About. For the first time in nearly a year, president Obama and Vladimir Putin are set to meet face to face tomorrow, and for each side, there are some critical issues at stake. On the agenda at the putin/obama meeting, Russia's buildup of troops in Ukraine and Russian aircraft in Syria. Where Putin is helping to prop up one of America's most hated dictators, Bashir Al Assad's regime. Putin speaking through a translator in a new interview with CBS' 6 "60 minutes." Translator: Strengthening the effective government structures and rendering them help in fighting terrorism in Syria. Reporter: Putin looking to get back on the global stage. Even calling Elton John to smooth things over after a prank call on Russian television. Putin telling the singer he's ready to meet with him. But Putin's biggest impact is in Syria, where the Russian military now has dozen of aircraft on the ground, a troubling development for the U.S. As long as Assad is in power, Syria will remain a magnet for terrorism. Reporter: President Obama's own strategy in Syria is coming under fire this week by one of the administration's former top military commanders, David petraeus. Suggesting creating safe havens in Syria, protected by American and coalition air power where moderate forces could be trained and refugees could find shelter. Obama already criticized in congress after the administration revealed a $500 million training program to fight Isis in Syria has yielded only a few fighters. We're talking four or five. Reporter: Meanwhile, a landmark visit to the U.S. From Chinese president xi jinping. Cybersecurity was the headline in talks with president Obama who took a tough stance on China's history in espionage. A lack of trust remains. The question now is, are words followed by actions?
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