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EPA the US president says clashes in Ukraine and Syria are not part of a "Cold War chessboard".

US President Barack Obama says he doesn't view violent clashes in Ukraine and Syria as part of a "Cold War chessboard" where the United States competes with Russia.

Obama said that although Russia had influence on both governments, the turmoil in the two countries had risen among people insisting on fundamental rights.

Obama said he wishes Russia will eventually back those values, but, "Right now there are times when we have strong disagreements".

He said he hasn't been shy about voicing them to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Obama was speaking at a news conference in Mexico on Wednesday night at the end of the North American Leaders Summit.