U.S. proposed Putin-Obama meeting: Kremlin adviser

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Posted: Sep 25, 2015 9:03 AM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Kremlin top foreign policy adviser said on Friday it was not true President Vladimir Putin had desperately sought to meet U.S. President Barack Obama in New York next week and that it was the U.S. administration that had proposed the meeting.

The comments by Yury Ushakov, the Kremlin adviser, contradict ones made by U.S. officials on Thursday.

Putin and Obama are to meet on the sidelines of a United Nations meeting next week at a time of high tension in Europe and the Middle East.

Ushakov told journalists the White House had given a 'distorted' version of events and that the Kremlin expected a more professional attitude from the United States on such issues in future.

Ushakov also said that Syria will be the main topic of discussion between Putin and Obama and that the two will talk about other issues, "including the crisis in Ukraine."

(Reporting by Denis Dyomkin; Writing by Alexander Winning; Editing by Lidia Kelly)