obama & medvedev discuss afganistan, iran, and syria

US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met on the sidelines (bên lề) of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit. Obama said they discussed Afghanistan, Iran and Syria during their meeting.

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U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING:

"We discussed Iran, and reaffirmed (tái khẳng định) our intention to work to shape (hình thành, tạo dựng) a common response (một đối sách chung) so we can move Iran to follow its international obligations when it comes to (regarding, in regard of) its nuclear program."

Recently Russia’s government has been cool (lạnh nhạt, không hưởng ứng) to any new U.N. Security Council sanctions on Iran. Later, Medvedev spoke at a parallel summit, of business leaders, where he answered questions on Russia’s expected accession to the World Trade Organisation. (SOUNDBITE, Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT DMITRY MEDVEDEV, SAYING:

"I hope that it will a be a very good change for the Russian economy despite the fact that we have been getting ready for a really long time. A whole range of Russian companies face difficulties and concerns but the policy is still the same. We believe that WTO accession of Russia is ripe, we are ready for it. We are glad that it is a result of joint efforts, I hope we would be able to in the near future, to complete this process."

He also said the existence of the euro was important to the global economy but joked (nói đùa rằng) he was glad he was not the German Chancellor or French president.

Marie-Claire Fennessy, Reuters


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