Obama and Putin to hold talks at UN


US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will hold their first face-to-face meeting in nearly a year on Monday in New York.

The meeting comes amid tension over Russia's military build-up in Syria and its annexation of Crimea last year.

The two leaders will meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

They are last reported to have spoken by phone after the Iran nuclear deal.

The official said that the main purpose of the meeting from the US point of view was to ensure that Russia abides by the terms of the ceasefire in Ukraine negotiated in Belarus in February.