President Barack Obama & Russian President Vladimir Putin (Getty Images)
(WXIA) -- President Obama landed in Russia for the G-20 Summit Thursday morning.
The focus of the conference is the global economy, but that could be redirected to the crisis in Syria.
In Washington, lawmakers will be briefed by White House officials in private meetings. Wednesday, Obama made it one step closer to Senate approval for the use of military force against Syria after winning support from a key Senate panel.
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Obama then made a plea for the world to punish the Syrian government for its alleged use of chemical weapons.
On Thursday, the summit in Russia will bring together two leaders who have opposite views on Syria. As CNN reported, Obama wants to launch military strikes against the Syrian regime. Russia's president, Vladimir Putin wants to stand behind his country's longtime ally in the Middle East.