Russia, US to push Syria peace talks

Russia and the United States both want to stop the violence in Syria and have agreed to push all parties in the conflict to hold peace talks in Geneva, President Vladimir Putin said Monday.

Speaking after bilateral talks with US President Barack Obama at the G8 summit, Putin said: "Of course our opinions do not converge, but all of us have the intention to stop the violence in Syria."

Obama acknowledged that they had "different perspectives" but shared an interest in reducing the bloodshed in Syria.