Obama, Putin Talk On Sidelines Of D-Day Event in France, White House Says

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U.S. President Barack Obama, second from left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, second from right, pose during a group photo for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Benouville Castle, June 6, 2014. World leaders and veterans gathered by the beaches of Normandy on Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of World War II D-Day landings. Reuters

UPDATE 6/6/2014 11:30: A spokesman for Putin told reporters that the Russian president and Obama "spoke for the need to end violence and fighting as quickly as possible." 

The meeting, which took place during a lunch break for world leaders attending the D-Day event, lasted between 10 and 15 minutes, officials said. 

"Putin and Obama spoke for the need to end violence and fighting as quickly as possible," Peskov said.


The White House says U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin held an informal conversation at a D-Day event in France on Friday.

The two leaders spoke on the sidelines of a lunch attended by world leaders and veterans during a commemoration event for the 70th anniversary of the World War II D-Day landings in Normandy. It is the first in-person discussion between Obama and Putin since the Ukraine crisis began in March.

Prior to the event, Obama had stated that if he were to cross paths with the Russian president, he would reiterate the same message on Ukraine that he has previously delivered to Putin in phone calls and in public statements. 

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