Russia, US split over fate of Bashar al-Assad


NEW YORK: Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Barack Obama on Monday met on the crisis in Syria but failed to resolve their dispute over the fate of Bashar al-Assad.

While addressing in the UN General Assembly, Obama declared the Syrian leader a child-killing tyrant while Putin said the world should support Assad against the Islamic State group.

The Russian leader urged UN General Assembly members to unite to fight the militant group and warned that he plans to step up support for Assad´s forces and has not ruled out air strikes.

Putin appeared pleased that Obama had agreed to Russia having a role in the debate, and said: “In my opinion there is a basis to work on shared problems together.”