U.S. President Barack Obama says he spoke about the need for a ceasefire in Syria when he spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the APEC summit. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday said he spoke about the need for a ceasefire in Syria when he talked to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. However, he added that he is not optimistic about the short-term prospects for peace. Obama said that it became hard for moderate opposition forces to hold ground once Russia and Iran decided to back Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with an air campaign. Assad has decided it is worth it to see his country destroyed and its population scattered in order to cling to power, Obama said. Obama and Putin spoke for around four minutes on Sunday at the summit in Lima, Peru, in what is likely to be their last in-person meeting before Obama leaves office.