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Obama and Putin met face-to-face, likely for the last time, at an economic summit in Peru

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President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin met face-to-face Sunday, for what could be the last time. 

Obama and Putin were seen chatting on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Lima, Peru, according to CBS News

The White House later said the brief, four-minute conversation focused primarily on Syria. 

"As usual, it was candid and courteous meeting but very clear about the strong differences we have on policy," Obama said. 

Obama and Putin met face-to-face, likely for the last time, at an economic summit in Peru

WATCH | President Obama responds to questions regarding his brief conversation with Putin on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

 A White House official told CBS News Obama encouraged Putin to uphold his commitments to ending its conflict with Ukraine. He also mentioned the importance of working to alleviate suffering in war-torn Syria. 

When asked whether he addressed any security concerns, specifically whether cyber influences on elections are the new norm, Obama replied, "I had already made very clear to him, our concerns over cyber attacks generally, as well as specific concerns we had concerning the DNC hack." 

Obama and Putin met face-to-face, likely for the last time, at an economic summit in Peru

WATCH | President Obama responds to questions regarding security concerns

Obama and Putin spoke earlier this fall during the G-20 summit in China in regards to negotiating a ceasefire in Syria. The two leaders were not able to reach an agreement, citing "gaps in trust" between the countries, according to CBS News. 

During his final press conference abroad, Obama also encouraged world leaders to "take a wait and see approach" to Donald Trump's presidency.

Obama is scheduled to return home from his final overseas trip Monday morning. 

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