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Beyond the ongoing tensions between the United States and Russia about the Syrian crisis which was one of the "key topics" discussed in Lough Erne, Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin have agreed on several topics on the sidelines of the G8 summit. "We discussed the economy very substantively and we talked in detail about security issues, strategic security between our two nations and throughout the world overall," said Mr. Putin.
Both Presidents also agreed to continue their nuclear threat reduction's efforts and recognized "the unprecedented progress" in the use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) as a "new field of cooperation" in their "confidence building". Mr. Obama thanked the Russian leader "for the cooperation that was provided in dealing with the tragedy of the bombing at the Boston Marathon," and reiterated the two countries' "shared interest in countering terrorist violence."
The two leaders had "very productive discussions" on North Korea (DPRK) and Iran, and acknowledged "an interest in reducing the violence" in Syria, notably by "securing chemical weapons." President Obama, however, did not rule out the military option, telling Mr. Putin that the issue should be resolved "through political means if possible," therefore increasing uncertainty as for a "Geneva follow-up to the first meeting."
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