HANGZHOU (China), September 3. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in eastern China’s Hangzhou hosting the Group of 20 (G20) summit on September 4-5.
The Russian president will take part in the forum’s events and hold a number of bilateral meetings, including with the leaders of Argentina, Turkey, China, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Egypt.
This is Putin’s second visit to China in 2016. In late June, the Russian leader paid an official visit to Beijing.
Putin flew for the G20 summit from Russia’s Far Eastern Primorye region where he had been on a working visit since August 31. In Vladivostok, the Russian leader took part in the second Eastern Economic Forum and also held talks with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye.
Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov earlier told reporters that in Hangzhou Putin is scheduled to meet for the first time with Argentina’s new President Mauricio Macri. The Russian leader is also due to hold talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Ahead of the summit, Putin will take part in an informal meeting of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).
On the first day of the summit, the full-format talks of Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping will be held. Besides, Putin is expected to hold bilateral meetings with French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of the summit. The talks will be devoted to the Ukrainian conflict.
Putin will also meet with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Hangzhou.
The Russian leader will also meet in person for the first time with the United Kingdom's new Prime Minister Theresa May. The Kremlin has not ruled out that the Russian and US presidents may meet on the sidelines of the forum, although this meeting has not been officially agreed.
Putin at G20 summit
The program of the G20 summit will begin on September 4. Putin will take part in the forum’s first working session and also attend a reception to be given on behalf of the Chinese president. On September 5, the Russian head of state and his G20 partners will continue exchanging views at several working sessions devoted to global economic issues.
The G20 will adopt the final communique after the summit. Germany will present the priorities of its G20 presidency, which it will take over in 2017.