President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday discussed Iran's nuclear aspirations, the violence in Syria and preparations for the upcoming Sochi Olympics, according to the White House.
Obama and Putin have long been at odds over how to handle the regime of Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad and have well-known differences on Iran's nuclear program. U.S. officials of late have also raised security concerns about the 2014 Winter Olympics, questioning whether Russia could handle potential terror threats.
The White House said the two leaders had a wide-ranging conversation Tuesday.
"They discussed the situation in Syria, including preparations for the Geneva II conference and the ongoing international program to remove and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons,” the White House said. “They discussed U.S.-Russian cooperation in the P5+1 process on Iran and the start this week of implementation of the Joint Plan of Action, which will halt progress on Iran’s nuclear program and roll it back in key respects.”
On the Olympics, the White House added that the leaders “discussed how best to advance shared U.S.-Russian interests, including a safe and secure Sochi Olympics, for which the United States has offered its full assistance.”
Russia will soon mark the opening of the Sochi games, the most expensive Olympics in history. Putin has insisted that his government is prepared for the global competition despite a spate of new terror threats in recent days.