ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – President
But Obama’s Russian counterpart,
Putin, an ally of Syrian President
Putin has been put out with Obama for canceling a one-on-one meeting in Moscow after Putin refused to extradite
Obama was making telephone calls to foreign leaders and will use the summit, ostensibly about economic issues, to press his case for a strike against Syria.
“We would not anticipate every member of the G20 agreeing about the way forward in Syria, particularly given the Russian position,” said Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, who talked to reporters on Air Force One during the flight to Russia from Sweden.
Obama will, however, “explain our current thinking” to allies and partners and explore what type of “political and diplomatic support they may express for our efforts to hold the Syrian regime accountable,” Rhodes said.
Obama’s first meeting at the summit was with Japanese Prime Minister