President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin's greeting at the G-20 summit didn't mask the strain between the two leaders. NBC's Chuck Todd reports.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Divisions over the Syria crisis appeared as deep as ever Friday as President Barack Obama continued to push for international support for U.S.-led military action at the G-20 summit.
At a tense four-hour working dinner of world leaders in St. Petersburg on Thursday night, the president underlined the need to uphold the international ban on chemical weapons and stressed that he has "high confidence" that Syria used poison gas against its own people.
However, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta suggested that Obama's pitch had failed to break the deadlock over the issue, posting on Twitter after dinner that “the divisions about Syria were confirmed.”
#g20 terminata ora la sessione serale dove si è certificata la divisione sulla Siria.— Enrico Letta (@EnricoLetta) September 5, 2013
British Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday that an "argument" about the legality of military intervention in Syria "did flare up" during the meal, according to ITV News.
Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping early Friday, but there was no mention of Syria after their meeting and China gave no indication it would soften its United Nation Security Council position against military action.
Instead, Obama acknowledged “significant disagreements and sources of tension” in relations between Washington and Beijing.
At the same time, Russia announced it was sending another warship to the Mediterranean Sea, according to state news agency Interfax, further raising the stakes for the United States as it plans military action against the regime of Bashar Assad.