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Putin, Obama to talk missile defense, Syria settlement at G20 summit

Monday, June 18, 2012

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama will on June 18 discuss projected deployment of missile shield in Europe, prospects of peace settlement in Syria and bilateral ties at the sidelines of G20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, Russian Presidential Aide Yury Ushakov said.
The G20 summit will be held on June 18-19. Obama and Putin will meet ahead of it. Following the negotiations, the presidents will issue a joint statement, which will enshrine the partners’ will to develop diplomatic ties and expand trade contacts.

“The missile defense issue will be discussed; the U.S. has already warned us about this. This is quite normal, as the issue is sensitive,” he said.

Peace settlement in conflict-torn Syria will also be negotiated, he continued. The aide emphasized that Russia and the United States do not have strong disagreements on this issue. “We want that peace finally comes to Syria and its residents get the possibility to democratically choose their future.”

“Russia is consistently pushing for all-inclusive dialogue in Syria…Forceful meddling into this process from the outside is unacceptable,” he added.

The meeting is expected to last about 1.5 hours. Ushakov said that some foreign forces are trying to prejudice the political background of the meeting.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations will vote on its version the so-called Magnitsky List bill on June 19, according to the hearings schedule published on its website.

The Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, with amendments, seeks to impose visa bans and asset freezes on the Russian officials involved in the alleged torture and murder of 37-year-old Russian anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky as well as in other gross human rights abuses in Russia.

The projected Magnitsky bill is an ostentatious anti-Russian move and if it is passed Russia will introduce retaliatory measures, Ushakov said.



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