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UN chief thanks Putin for efforts, suggests discussing situation in Syria

June 16, 21:43 UTC+3 ST. PETERSBURG
Ban Ki-moon said Russia, while being a permanent member of the UN Security Council, supports international peace and security
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ST. PETERSBURG, June 16. /TASS/. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for his work on global problems and suggested discussing the situation in Syria.

The meeting occurred on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

Ban said it was his last year on the post of the UN secretary general, and added that he would like to express his gratitude and respect for all Putin’s efforts on the international arena. The UN chief said it has been a great pleasure for him to work with Russia, Russian diplomats and Putin.

Ban Ki-moon said Russia, while being a permanent member of the UN Security Council, supports international peace and security.

Putin thanked the UN chief for coming to St. Petersburg to attend SPIEF.

"We will certainly use this opportunity to discuss with you the most urgent issues of the international agenda," the Russian president said.

Putin noted Russia’s active work in the Security Council and at other UN sites.

"Esteemed Mr. Secretary General, we support all your efforts aimed at resolving the most complex international problems," the Russian leader said.

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