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Kremlin reports that Putin will not attend or speak by videoconference at UN General Assembly


The Kremlin has informed that Russian President Vladimir Putin does not plan to attend in person or speak by videoconference at the next session of the United Nations General Assembly, scheduled for September.

“No. There are no plans to travel or intervene,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian news agency TASS when asked about the matter.

Later, the official portal of the Russian government published a statement saying that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will be in charge of leading the Russian delegation to the meeting.

Along with Lavrov, the delegation will include Deputy Foreign Minister Serfei Vershinin, Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs Gregori Karasin, Russia’s permanent representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzia, and Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Leonid Slutski.

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A group of advisors from Foreign Ministry departments related to humanitarian cooperation, non-proliferation of weapons, legal sectors or specializing in new threats will also attend.

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