September 5th, 2013
08:18 AM ET
12 months ago

Showdown on Syria chemical weapons expected at G-20 summit in Russia

(CNN) – It's supposed to be a summit about the global economy, but the debate over possible military strikes for Syria's apparent use of chemical weapons will likely overshadow the G-20 conference this week.

The meeting in Russia will pit two leaders with polar opposite views on Syria - U.S. President Barack Obama, who wants to launch limited military strikes against the Syrian regime, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose country stands by its longtime ally in the Middle East.

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