ALTHOUGH in Paris for the climate change conference, the Presidents of Russia Putin and the USA Obama have met to discuss the matter of Syria including Russia’s involvement, the situation with President al-Asad, NATO and the shooting down of the Russian plane by Turkey.
According to a Kremlin spokesman, President Obama expressed regret at the shooting down of the aircraft and both men indicated that they are anxious to see a political settlement to the situation within Syria.
Despite this exchange which lasted about 30 minutes and included discussions on the Ukraine as well, the Russian president has not softened his position as far as Turkey is concerned and has refused to speak with the Turkish premier until a formal apology is received.
It now transpires that Russian bombers flying over Syria have been equipped with air-to-air missiles for purposes of self-defence, clearly in direct response to the Turkish air force.
In matters connected, but closer to the UK, Jeremy Corbyn, having indicated that he cannot agree to vote to allow the RAF to bomb ISIS targets and inferring that he would instruct his shadow cabinet to follow his lead when the matter goes to vote appears to climbed down and has now agreed that all of his MPs should be allowed a free vote.