During a brief meeting at the economic summit in Vietnam, US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed the crisis in Syria as well as the accusations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. According to a statement issued by the Kremlin, there is no military solution for the crisis in Syria.

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Putin and Trump Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Despite not scheduling a formal meeting, US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met on Saturday morning during the APEC summit in Da Nang, Vietnam. The two leaders primarily discussed the Syrian crisis and issued a joint statement on the matter.

According to the Kremlin, “the Presidents agreed that there is no military solution to the conflict in Syria,” but “confirmed their determination to defeat ISIS in Syria.” The leaders also “affirmed their commitment to Syria’s sovereignty, unity, independence, territorial integrity, and non-sectarian character” and urged Syria to participate in the political process in Geneva. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov clarified that no firm date has been set for the peace talks.

The presidents also discussed the claims of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, which Putin dismissed as “ridiculous” and denied the accusations. “I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it,” said Trump. “I think he’s [Putin] very insulted by it, which is not a good thing for our country.”