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Russia denies preparing new proposals on Syria by APEC summit

October 03, 2013, 11:52 UTC+3

However, according to presidential aide Yuri Ushakov, Syrian issue will be in the focus of discussion at the APEC summit in Bali

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Photo ITAR-TASS/Valery Sharifulin

Photo ITAR-TASS/Valery Sharifulin

MOSCOW, October 3 (Itar-Tass) - Russia is not preparing any new proposals on Syria by the APEC summit in Bali, presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said on Thursday.

At the same time, the presidential aide said the Syrian problem would be in the focus of the summit, which would be attended by President Vladimir Putin.

“The agenda of the summit will be discussed at plenary sessions, on the sidelines of the summit and during a working breakfast. Syria will be in the focus during informal discussions,” Ushakov said.

He said the Syrian problem might be raised at a possible meeting between Putin and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama. “At present, the meeting is being coordinated,” he added.

“The organisation of the meeting is being discussed: we believe that the meeting will take place,” Ushakov said, adding that it was scheduled to take place on October 7.

“Russia has put forth an initiative to organise the meeting and then it has been taken up by the United States,” the presidential aide said.

He said the presidents “can discuss any topics. The situation in Syria is one of the central issues”.

“We’re always open for such contacts. We rivet much attention to the bilateral agenda, as well as to key foreign political topics. This is extremely important for international security and the settlement of grave crises,” Ushakov said.

“The latest meeting between the presidents was held at the G8 summit in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland and then within the G20 summit in St Petersburg. It’s rather logical to meet in Bali. We come in favour of such meeting,” the Kremlin official said.

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