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Obama lands in Russia for G-20 summit

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U.S. President Barack Obama has arrived in St. Petersburg in Russia to meet with world leaders at the Group of 20 summit.

Obama arrived earlier today from Sweden, the first stop on his three-day trip abroad.

The trip to Stockholm was made after Obama shelved discussions with his Russian counterpart Vladmir Putin in Moscow ahead of the G-20 summit in retribution for Russia granting National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden asylum.

Obama’s administration says that he and Putin will hold official individual discussions outside of the summit meetings.

While G-20 summits are usually focused on economic issues, this meeting is likely to be eclipsed with the Syrian crisis and the possibility of U.S. intervention.

Obama wishes to gain support from world leaders for pursuing military action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime for last month’s chemical weapons attack.

(With Associated Press)