Putin: Russia to host several major summits in near future
Russia is planning to host several major summits in the near future, the country's President Vladimir Putin said.
"We will host a chain of major international events," the president said at a ceremony to receive credentials from new ambassadors.
Putin noted that Russia assumes the chairmanship of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, while at the start of the next year, it will take over the presidency of the BRICS group of nations (Brazil, India, Russia, China and South Africa). "In July 2020 we will host summits of these associations," TASS cited him as saying.
In September , Vladivostok will host a next Eastern Economic Forum, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe are expected to attend it as honorary guests, the Russian leader said.
In addition, he named the Russian Energy Week forum, due in Moscow early in October.
"We are working actively to pave the way for a Russia-Africa summit that we will host for the first time," Putin said, adding it will be held in Sochi in late October and will be preceded by a Russian-African economic forum.