Russia Says Syria Not on G20 Summit Agenda
Russia’s presidential spokesman has stated that on the situation in Syria is not currently on the agenda of the G20 summit in St. Petersburg.
“A separate meeting isn’t currently planned, but it all depends on the leaders,” said Dmitry Peskov, President Vladimir Putin's press secretary.
Peskov also said there “are currently no changes” concerning communications between Putin and US President Barack Obama at the summit, RIA Novosti informs.
World leaders from the G20 group of nations are set to meet in Russia’s St.Petersburg on Thursday and Friday amid sharp differences over military action against Syria's government.
Ahead of the talks, Russia's Vladimir Putin warned that action without UN approval would be "an aggression".
The G20 summit was originally due to have been preceded by a bilateral Putin-Obama meeting in Moscow. That discussion was cancelled following heightened tension over Russia’s decision to grant temporary asylum to fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden, despite Washington’s repeated demands for his extradition to the US.