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Vladimir Putin to meet with UN secretary general in Sochi on May 17

May 16, 2013, 14:12 UTC+3
Ban Ki-moon is on a working visit to Russia on May 16-19
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MOSCOW, May 16 (Itar-Tass) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon in Sochi on Friday, May 17. Ban Ki-moon is on a working visit to Russia on May 16-19, the Kremlin press service reported on Thursday.

It is Ban Ki-moon's sixth visit to Russia. The previous visit took place in April 2011.

Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported that the UN secretary general will meet with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on May 17. The parties will consider pressing international problems, including the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, the Syrian crisis, the Korean peninsula situation, UN's assistance in settling the conflict in Mali, the development of events around Kosovo, the situation in Central Asia and Transcaucasia, the Cyprus settlement, and anti-terrorist fight.

"It is planned to thoroughly exchange the opinions concerning the socio-economic aspects of UN's activities at the modern stage. Specifically, the parties will analyze the UN's work to form the global agenda in development after 2015 and the sustainable development objectives that make its core," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Special attention will be paid to UN's further interaction with Russia in the context of its G-20 presidency, Russian diplomats said.

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