Barack Obama and Russian President Valdimir Putin toast during a luncheon hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the 70th annual U.N. General Assembly on September 28 in New York City.
Obama and Putin shake hands while posing for a photo ahead of their meeting at U.N. headquarters on September 28 in New York.
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Putin speaks with Obama during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing, China on November 11, 2014. U.S.-Russia relations have descended to a new low since Russia annexed Crimea in March.
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Obama and Putin share a comical and awkward moment on a large split-screen during an international ceremony on the stretch code-named Sword Beach, in Ouistreham, France, to commemorate the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 2014. Obama and Putin had an informal 15-minute chat during lunch at the ceremony that marked the 70th anniversary of the D-day landings. "It's a positive thing that they spoke, but more needs to be done," a senior U.S. official said at the time.
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Putin greets Obama at the G-20 summit on September 5, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The United States and Russia have been squaring off over the bloody civil war in Syria.
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Obama listens to Putin after their bilateral meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico on June 18, 2012 on the sidelines of the G-20 summit. The meeting was the first time Obama and Putin held face-to-face talks since Putin returned to the president's office earlier that year. Obama said he and Putin discussed the conflict in Syria and "agreed that we need to see a cessation of the violence, that a political process has to be created to prevent civil war."
Obama, who had become U.S. President six months earlier, enjoys tea with then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and members of the American delegation at Putin's dacha on July 7, 2009 in Moscow.