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MOSCOW, September 7. /TASS/. No separate meeting between Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and US President Barack Obama at the East Asia Summit in Laos on September 7-8 is planned, but their contact is not ruled out, Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Government Chief of Staff, Sergei Prikhodko, said on Wednesday.
"No meeting with Obama is in our schedule," he said answering a question from a TASS correspondent, but added," I do not rule out that there will be some contact, somewhere on the sidelines. Perhaps, they will have a chance to talk." "A separate meeting is not planned, " Prikhodko noted.
The Russian premier will take part in the 11th East Asia Summit (EAS) in Vientiane, Laos, on September 7-8 on instructions from Russian President Vladimir Putin. The EAS brings together 10 member-countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and dialogue partners - Russia, Australia, India, China, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, the US and Japan. According to Prikhodko, Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines, the US, the Republic of Korea and Myanmar will be represented at the summit by the heads of state, while Russia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, China, India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos, Australia, Cambodia and Thailand - by the heads of government.