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Putin will not go to humanitarian summit in Turkey because of busy schedule — Kremlin

May 20, 15:09 UTC+3
Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said earlier that Moscow would not dodge participation in the humanitarian summit in Istanbul
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SOCHI, May 20. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will not go to the World Humanitarian Summit because of his busy schedule, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday.

"The president’s schedule does not include this trip, unfortunately, there is just no place in the schedule for this trip," Peskov said.

"Russia will be represented at another level," he added.

Russian Foreign Ministry’s official spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said earlier that Moscow will not dodge participation in the humanitarian summit in Istanbul. "Russia is a consistent and responsible participant in international humanitarian cooperation. We are large donors of humanitarian aid, that’s why we are not going to dodge participating in the summit," Zakharova said.

"An inter-departmental delegation led by Russian deputy emergencies minister will go to Istanbul. We will take part in the plenary session and two ministerial roundtables, special thematic sessions," she added.

At the same time, the diplomat noted that while the summit’s tasks are relevant, organizers’ approach to preparing the event and the presumed status of final documents raises questions. Among proposals of UN secretariat is that permanent members of UN Security Council should refuse to use their veto right in some cases, and that countries should refuse their sovereignty in separate cases.

"These proposals cannot exist in isolation from the specific situation, and cannot be adopted without contribution by the countries themselves," Zakharova continued. "The situation is such that member states propose to assume commitments without any discussion," she added.

The diplomat added that Russia’s attempts to make its comments were ignored. As a result, Russia sent a letter to UN secretary general and members of the organization about the non-acceptance of proposals prepared by UN Secretariat.

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