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Putin to address Belt and Road forum in Beijing

China considers the president to be the summit’s most honored participant, said ambassador

BEIJING, April 19. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will address the upcoming Belt and Road forum in Beijing, Russia’s Ambassador to China Andrei Denisov said at a press conference on Friday.

"China considers the president to be the summit’s most honored participant," Denisov said. "He will be provided with an opportunity to address the upcoming forum and present his view of the One Belt, One Road project and related international initiatives," the ambassador added.

Denisov pointed out that the Russian president would not have a chance to visit other Chinese cities during his short stay in the country but his Beijing agenda was rather heavy.

The second Belt and Road forum, scheduled to take place in Beijing on April 25-27, will involve about 40 foreign leaders, representatives of 150 countries and regions of the world, as well as heads of a number of organizations, including the United Nations. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said earlier that Putin would visit the Chinese capital on April 26-27 to attend the Belt and Road forum.