Obama, Xi to meet on fringes of Nuclear Security Summit in Hague

U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold talks on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague later this month, Ben Rhodes, deputy U.S. national security adviser, said during a conference call with reporters on Monday.

The two leaders, who last held talks in St. Petersburg, Russia, on the sidelines of the summit of the Group of 20 economies last September, are expected to discuss the Ukrainian situation, with Obama likely to call for Chinese cooperation in handling Russia.

During the talks on the fringes of the security summit on March 24 and 25, Obama and Xi are also likely to discuss other issues, such as the security situation in the East China and South China seas, as well as Iran's nuclear issue.

White House Press secretary Jay Carney also told a news conference the same day that Obama is expected to discuss the Ukrainian situation with participants in the nuclear security summit and elsewhere during his trip to Europe next week.

Obama plans to hold talks with the leaders of the European Union and a senior official of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, with plans to visit Brussels and the Vatican in addition to The Hague.