Obama meets with Russian security official
President Barack Obama dropped in Wednesday on a White House meeting with the secretary of Russia's Security Council to discuss Syria and counter-terrorism cooperation, the White House said.
Obama joined National Security Advisor Tom Donilon at his meeting with Nikolay Patrushev, the Russian security council secretary, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council said.
"The president reaffirmed his desire to strengthen the bilateral relationship, including US-Russian economic ties," spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said.
"They also discussed the importance of deepening counterterrorism cooperation and the need for a negotiated political settlement in Syria," she said.
The United States and Russia have recently begun working together to bring the sides to the Syria conflict together at a peace conference in Geneva, despite deep differences in approach.
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