So Obama Wants Talks with Putin on Syria?

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So Obama Wants Talks with Putin on Syria?
After more than a year of demonising Russia as a threat to world peace, all of a sudden the United States changes tack and wants to hold talks with Moscow over Syria. US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are set to hold talks in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting.

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