Obama, Putin spar over Syria

Daily News Article - September 30, 2015


1. During a meeting at the UN on Monday, what did President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin agree to do? Why did they do so?

2. On which important question do Presidents Obama and Putin differ? Be specific: Explain their differing viewpoints. What did each leader say?

3. Why were U.S. relations with Russia strained even before Russia’s involvement in Syria?

4. a) How did President Obama suggest Syrian President Assad should be handled?
b) The leaders of which two countries also reject the possibility of allowing Bashar Assad to stay in power in Syria?

5. What involvement has Iran had in Syria?

6. Why do U.S. government officials believe Russian President Vladimir Putin is getting involved in Syria?