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Putin to have several meetings at APEC, G20 summits — presidential aide

November 07, 2014, 16:51 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Russian President Vladimir Putin planned to have meetings with several world leader at an APEC summit in Beijing and G20 summit in Brisbane
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Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin

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MOSCOW, November 7. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will have bilateral meetings with several world leaders, including with the UK Prime Minister David Cameron and the French President Francois Hollande, at the APEC summit in Beijing on November 10-11, presidential aide Yury Ushakov said on Friday.

“Putin will have a talk with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on the sidelines of the APEC summit on November 10. The crash of the Malaysia Airlines jet in Ukraine on July 17 is expected to be one of the priorities at the talk,” Ushakov said.

“Razak took a balanced, not politically motivated, position and urged the public in the country to withhold groundless and timely accusations until the thorough international investigation into the tragedy was completed,” he said.

Australia asked Russia to organize a meeting between Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Putin. “We’re giving consent to a brief meeting in China. The time is now being coordinated,” Ushakov said.

Earlier, Abbot said he intended to discuss the investigation into the air crash with Putin. All Australian citizens, who were on board the MH17 jet, died.

Ushakov said other meetings were also planned to be held. “On November 9, Putin will meet with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet,” he said.

“Next week Putin will confer with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He is planning to have personal contacts with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who took office on October 20,” Ushakov said.

Commenting on the G20 summit due to be held in Brisbane, Australia, on November 15-16, he said, “An agreement was reached to hold talks with UK Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande.”

Russian president's agenda for APEC

At the APEC summit in Beijing Russian President Vladimir Putin will lay emphasis on economic openness and the need to take into account the WTO norms by creating free trade zones, Russian presidential aide said.

On November 10, Putin will give a speech at the APEC Business Summit. He will speak about the significance of the Asia Pacific Region for Russia, Ushakov said.

Then Putin will take part in a traditional meeting of the APEC leaders with members of the Business Consultative Council, he said.

On November 11, Putin will participate in a working breakfast that will focus on the improvement of the infrastructure, Ushakov said, adding that the Russian president would talk about Russia’s experience on investments in major projects, including in modernisation of the Baikal-Amur Mainline and the Trans-Siberian Railway.

The APEC leaders will adopt a declaration that is practically coordinated and reflects joint approaches towards developing cooperation. The APEC leaders will also adopt a joint statement on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the APEC.

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