Nov 13 - U.S. President Barack Obama says he and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev discussed Afghanistan, Iran and Syria, among other topics. Marie-Claire Fennessy reports.
US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit. Obama said they discussed Afghanistan, Iran and Syria during their meeting. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "We discussed Iran, and reaffirmed our intention to work to shape a common response so we can move Iran to follow its international obligations when it comes to its nuclear program." Russia's government has been cool to any new U.N. Security Council sanctions on Iran. Later, Medvedev spoke at a parallel summit, of business leaders, where he answered questions on Russia's expected accession to the World Trade Organisation. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT DMITRY MEDVEDEV, SAYING: "I hope that it will a be a very good change for the Russian economy despite the fact that we have been getting ready for a really long time. A whole range of Russian companies face difficulties and concerns but the policy is still the same. We believe that WTO accession of Russia is ripe, we are ready for it. We are glad that it is a result of joint efforts, I hope we would be able to in the near future, to complete this process." He also said the existence of the euro was important to the global economy but joked he was glad he was not the German Chancellor or French president. Marie-Claire Fennessy, Reuters