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The Boston Globe


Obama arrives at summit amid tension

Holds meetings with leaders to discuss Syria

ST. PETERSBURG — President Obama arrived in this czarist-era capital on Thursday for an international summit officially focused on economics but unofficially absorbed by America’s growing estrangement with Russia and looming confrontation with Syria.

After a one-day stop in Sweden, Obama joined other leaders of the Group of 20 nations at a time when he is preparing to launch a military strike against the Syrian government without much overt international support. Obama recognized that he would not find consensus here in St. Petersburg but hoped at least to bolster allies who do favor action.

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