From: Lee, Carol [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, November 15, 2015 05:52 PM
To: Barnes, Desiree N. EOP/WHO; Bennett, Tabitha R. EOP/WHO
Subject: Travel pool report #11
Background from a White House official:
President Obama and President Putin of Russia held a constructive discussion on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey. The conversation lasted approximately 35 minutes and centered around ongoing efforts to resolve the conflict in Syria, an imperative made all the more urgent by the horrifying terrorist attacks in Paris. The leaders noted the diplomatic progress achieved in Vienna in recent weeks, including the areas of agreement outlined in the International Syria Support Group's statement of November 14. Specifically, President Obama and President Putin agreed on the need for a Syrian-led and Syrian-owned political transition, which would be proceeded by UN-mediated negotiations between the Syrian opposition and regime as well a ceasefire. As the diplomacy continues, President Obama welcomed efforts by all nations to confront the terrorist group ISIL and noted the importance of Russia's military efforts in Syria focusing on the group. On Ukraine, President Obama reiterated his support for the full implementation of the Minsk agreements, including the withdrawal of heavy weapons, the removal of all foreign fighters, the release of hostages, and the return of the Ukrainian side of the international border to Government of Ukraine control. Finally, President Obama offered his deep condolences for the loss of Russian life stemming from last month's Metro Jet crash.
The Wall Street Journal