For the first time in nearly two years, U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down for a one-on-one discussion on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly on Monday evening. In the past year, relations between Russia and the U.S. have been strained. In response to Russia's involvement in Ukraine, the U.S. has imposed sanctions against Russian officials and companies, and the two leaders hold contrasting opinions on Syria's President Bashar Assad.
On Monday, the two world leaders reportedly discussed a U.S.-led coalition's efforts in Syria against the Islamic State group, and Putin said he wasn't ruling out joining the air attacks against the group, which is also known as ISIS or ISIL. But the Russian leader said he would not send ground troops into combat.
According to Putin, his discussion with Obama was "very constructive, businesslike and frank." The photos from the evening, however, suggested that tensions remain between the two presidents. Take a look at the photos below and judge for yourself.
One of shortest POTUS photos ops ever. Walk in, shake hands, walk out. 13½ seconds. pic.twitter.com/5z2xn3Mdig
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 28, 2015