UN chief commends Russia's emphasis on multilateral diplomacy in addressing key global challenges

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Secretary-General meets with Vladimir V. Putin

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has underscored the importance of the strong partnership between the United Nations and the Russian Federation, commending the emphasis the country places on multilateral diplomacy in addressing key global challenges.

In a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin , the Secretary-General expressed his support for the agreement between the Russian Federation and the United States to convene an international conference on Syria as soon as possible to help the Syrian parties operationalize the 30 June 2012 Geneva communique on establishing a transitional governing body with full executive powers. They discussed the importance of both regional support for the conference and the role of Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi.

A statement says Secretary-General Ban and President Putin also discussed developments in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Iran and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The meeting also covered climate change and sustainable development, including in the context of the Group of 20. The Secretary-General expressed appreciation for Russia’s support for peacekeeping operations.

He also congratulated Mr. Putin and his Government on working to ensure the successful organization of the 22nd Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi in 2014.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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