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ST. PETERSBURG, June 20. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he would probably attend the annual high-level session of the United Nations General Assembly in September.
The Russian leader announced these plans during a meeting with top executives of world news agencies in St. Petersburg. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier this week that the president’s participation in the 70th anniversary session was being considered but no final decision had been taken so far.
Putin addressed the U.N. General Assembly three times - in 2000, 2003 and 2005.
The General Assembly is the main deliberative organ of the United Nations, where each nation has an equal vote. Made up of all the U.N.'s 193 member states, the General Assembly provides a forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the U.N. Charter. It meets in regular sessions intensively from September to December each year, and thereafter as required.
The upcoming 70th session is expected to be attended by a number of political leaders worldwide. Denmark's former parliament speaker Mogens Lykketoft has been elected as its president for one-year term. The president rotates annually between the U.N.'s five regional groups - Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Western Europe and Others Group.