Obama expresses regret over Su-24 incident, discussed Syria with Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama as they meet during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, Nov. 30, 2015.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama as they meet during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, Nov. 30, 2015.

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Obama met with Putin during the UN climate change conference in Paris

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama as they meet during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, Nov. 30, 2015. Source: Reuters

The U.S. President Barack Obama met with the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, and expressed his regret over the incident involving a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 aircraft, the Russian President's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

"Obama expressed regret over the incident with the Russian aircraft which was shot down by the Turkish Air Force in Syria," Peskov told reporters on Nov. 30.

At the meeting the two leaders also "discussed Syria in nuances, with both Putin and Obama speaking in favor of advancement towards the start of a political settlement process," he said.

"They also talked about Ukraine, having noted the need to swiftly implement the Minsk agreements," the spokesman said.

The separate meeting with Obama had been agreed upon this morning, he said. It took about half an hour and "was fairly saturated," Peskov said.

After a long break in their communication, this is already the second meeting between the Russian and U.S. presidents in the past two weeks. On Nov. 15 Putin and Obama held a one-on-one 20-minute meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in the Turkish city of Antalya, and discussed Syria, including the fight against ISIL, and the Ukrainian issue. Russian Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov said after the meeting that the talks showed the Russian and U.S. leaders "still disagree on the tactics" of fighting Islamic State.

Putin is among 140 national leaders attending a UN climate change conference in Paris. The Russian president has already made his speech at the conference.

The Russian military aircraft was shot down by Turkey over Syria on Nov. 24. The Russian president said the plane had been brought down by an air-to-air missile launched from a Turkish F-16 fighter jet over Syrian territory and crashed in Syria, four kilometers from its border with Turkey.  He called it "a stab in the back" on Turkey's part and accused Ankara of abetting terrorists.

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