Syrian ceasefire talks between US, Russia fail due to 'gaps in trust'

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Obama and Putin Fail to Negotiate Ceasefire in Syria

President Barack Obama said Monday "gaps in trust" between the U.S. and Russia are keeping the two countries from reaching a military agreement.

Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin met at the Group of 20 summit in an effort to reach a ceasefire deal in Syria, but ultimately, both walked away without an agreement.

Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart had attempted a similar negotiation earlier, but that effort failed as well.

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Russia and the U.S. are fighting ISIS in Syria, though a civil war in the country has complicated those efforts.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) meets with U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, September 5, 2016. Sputnik/Kremlin/Alexei Druzhinin/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) meets with U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, September 5, 2016. Sputnik/Kremlin/Alexei Druzhinin/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY.
U.S. President Barack Obama pauses during his remarks in a news conference at the conclusion of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China September 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Barack Obama holds a news conference at the conclusion of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China September 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) meets with U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, September 5, 2016. Sputnik/Kremlin/Alexei Druzhinin/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference after the conclusion of the G-20 Summit in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang Province, Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
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Russia supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his regime, while the U.S. doesn't. Al-Assad's forces, and in the past Russian planes, have bombed U.S.-backed Syrian rebels under the guise of fighting ISIS.

In a press conference after his meeting with Putin, Obama said, "We have had some productive conversations about what a real cessation of hostilities would look like to allow us to both focus our energies on common enemies. ... But given the gaps of trust that exist, that's a tough negotiation."

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Calls for a truce have grown more urgent as Syrian national forces fight rebel troops in Aleppo. Almost 2 million people in the city are without food, water and medical care, but al-Assad has largely refused to let the U.N. deliver aid.

Besides the situation in Syria, Obama also reportedly discussed with Putin concerns over militant pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine and Russian cybersecurity crimes.

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U.S. President Barack Obama arrives at Hangzhou Xiaoshan international airport before the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China September 3, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives to attend the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Rolex dela Pena/Pool
British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives to attend the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Rolex dela Pena/Pool
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R), his wife Sophie Gregoire and their daughter Ella-Grace arrive at the Hangzhou Xiaoshan international airport before the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, September 3, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives to attend the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Rolex dela Pena/Pool
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives to attend the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Rolex dela Pena/Pool
Saudi Arabia Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (C) arrives to attend the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Rolex dela Pena/Pool
South Korean President Park Geun-Hye arrives to attend the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Rolex dela Pena/Pool
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives to attend the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Rolex dela Pena/Pool
German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives to attend the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Rolex dela Pena/Pool
French President Francois Hollande arrives at Hangzhou Xiaoshan international airport before the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Chance Chan
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi steps out of the plane as he arrives at the Hangzhou Xiaoshan international airport before the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China September 3, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan (R) arrives at the Hangzhou Exhibition Center to participate to G20 Summit, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Etienne Oliveau/Pool
Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong arrives to attend the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Rolex dela Pena/Pool
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy arrives to attend the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Rolex dela Pena/Pool
Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto arrives at the Hangzhou Exhibition Center to participate to G20 Summit, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Rolex Dela Pena/Pool
Brazilian President Michel Temer (C) arrives arrives to attend the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Rolex dela Pena/Pool
Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrives to attend the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Rolex dela Pena/Pool
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