Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin, who did not intend to conduct a bilateral meeting within the scope of the G20 summit, managed to discuss the Syrian problem for approximately 20 minutes.
According to news reports, the brief conversation has not led to any results whatsoever, but the two presidents agreed to continue the discussion of the problem on the level of foreign affairs ministers.
Obama and Putin intended to conduct a full-fledged meeting prior to the G20 summit. The US side canceled the plans after Russia gave temporal shelter to Edward Snowden. Instead of meeting Putin, Obama made a stop in Sweden.
More than 3,500 people were detained during unprecedented mass protests that swept across all of Russia in support of Alexey Navalny on January 23