Vladimir Putin says his differences with President Obama aren’t personal, or permanent.
“President Obama hasn’t been elected by the American people in order to be pleasant to Russia,” Putin told the Associated Press. “And your humble servant hasn’t been elected by the people of Russia to be pleasant to someone either.”
He added: “We work, we argue about some issues. We are human. Sometimes one of us gets vexed. But I would like to repeat once again that global mutual interests form a good basis for finding a joint solution to our problems.”
That could include Syria, Putin said in the interview with AP and Russia’s state Channel 1.