U.S. President Arrives In Russia For G20 Summit Amid Syria Rift

Category: World / Sep 05, 2013 9:33AM EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in St. Petersburg on Thursday (September 5) where he is set to take part in the Group of 20 summit.

A potential showdown over Syria between Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin looked like it may overshadow the two-day meeting of world leaders on how to revive the global economy.

At a summit which Putin is hosting in a tsarist palace outside St. Petersburg, the G20 economies will try to forge a united front on growth, trade, banking transparency and fighting tax evasion.

The club that accounts for two-thirds of the world's population and 90 percent of its output is divided over issues such as emerging market turmoil and the Federal Reserve's decision to end its program of stimulus for the U.S. economy.

But no rift is wider than the one between Obama and Putin over possible military intervention in Syria.

On Wednesday (September 4), a U.S. Senate panel approved Obama's resolution calling for limited strikes against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who U.S. leaders say carried out a chemical weapons attack last month that killed more than 1,400 people.

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