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Russia to attend G20 summit, no plans to change agenda — Kremlin

September 22, 2014, 17:13 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to participate in the summit to be held on November 15-16

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

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MOSCOW, September 22. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia is set to participate in the Group of Twenty (G20) summit in Brisbane, Australia, and is not planning to change the agenda of the event, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to participate in the summit, to be held on November 15-16.

Last month, US Secretary of State John Kerry said no decision was made on whether Russia would be welcome at the G20 summit in Australia.

Meanwhile, a range of G20 leaders said Russia should attend the summit of the world’s leading economies.

In mid-July, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the Russian president should participate in the event.

He said opportunities for cooperation in the field of economy remain stable regardless of what one country can think of other countries or their actions on the geopolitical arena,” Abbot said.

Alongside Russia, the group unites Argentina, Australia, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Canada, China, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, France, South Africa, South Korea, Japan, the United States and the European Union.

G20 members account for 85% of the world economy and 80% of global trade.

Western sanctions against Russia

The United States and the European Union have imposed several rounds of sanctions against Russia since March over its stance on the conflict in Ukraine. Moscow responded by introducing a one-year ban on imports of selected foods from sanctioning countries (the EU, US and several others) in early August.

In mid-September, Brussels introduced further sanctions, for the first time targeting directly the financing of the state-owned oil sector, which is crucial to the Russian economy. The United States similarly strengthened its sanctions, adding Russia’s largest bank, Sberbank, and energy giant Gazprom to the list of targeted companies.

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