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Russian president calls on G8 leaders to share responsibility for future development

January 01, 2014, 3:42 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Putin noted that “the world has not become safer in recent years, but it has undoubtedly become more complicated”
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MOSCOW, January 01, 0:08 /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on leaders of the Group of Eight countries to share the responsibility for the future global development. The Russian president, who takes over the G8 presidency from January 1, 2014, has suggested that the G8 members should develop comprehensive approaches to control the most critical global challenges and risks.

“As the holder of the G8 Presidency, Russia suggests that the G8 members should develop comprehensive and cooperative mechanisms to control the most critical risks,” the Russian leader said in an address posted on the official website of Russia’s G8 presidency that was launched on Wednesday (www.g8russia.ru). “It is important to cover the entire “chain” - from forecasting and preventing particular threats to overcoming their potential adverse effects.”

Putin noted that “the world has not become safer in recent years, but it has undoubtedly become more complicated.” “Threats to sustainable development are increasingly diverse. Focal points of violence and civil strife are multiplying, and the system of international law is losing ground. The planet is also shaken by volatile economic conditions, and natural and environmental disasters,” the Russian president said in his address.

“Due to close interdependence, the problems of a single country or region invariably reach global proportions,” Putin said. “However, crisis response tools are not always effective.”

“In such a situation, the G8 must focus on present-day and future challenges. It must share the responsibility for the future,” he stressed, adding that the key goal of joint efforts was to improve people’s wellbeing, to encourage progress, and development.

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