Russian President Vladimir Putin said that both Russia and Britain want the conflict in Syria to be settled as soon as possible. “The blood is on the hands of both parties in Syria”, Putin said speaking at the joint conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

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“One should hardly back those who kill their enemy and eat their organs and all that is filmed,” he said referring to recent rebel footage.

“Do you want to support these? Do you want to supply arms to these people?”

“It has hardly any relation to the humanitarian and cultural values that Europe has been professing for centuries,” he continued. 

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“We are brought together by the shared task and desire to create conditions for the settlement of this conflict. I agree with the prime minister that this should be done as soon as possible,” Putin said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also insisted that Moscow had abided by “rules and norms” when providing weapons to Syria and called on other G8 countries which are contemplating arming rebels to do likewise.

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“We are not breaching any rules and norms and we call on all our partners to act in the same fashion,” he said in a press conference in London.

“We expect very much that the initiative of the prime minister, especially in the format of the upcoming debate on the floor of the eight leading countries of the world, will play a positive role in this settlement process,” Putin said.

Vladimir Putin and David Cameron also discussed cooperation in different spheres such as space, energy, car manufacturer, hydrocarbons.

“Glonass system is one of the spheres of cooperation with UK. Atomic energy is another area of coperation,” Putin said.

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“We’ve talked about energy cooperation, about the support of the Winter Olympics and World Cup, new agreements on cooperation in business,” Cameron said. 

British Prime Minister also said that he believes that Russia and the West can overcome their differences over the conflict in Syria.

It was “no secret” that Britain and Russia did not “see eye to eye” over Syria, Cameron said.

But “where there is common ground is that we both see a humanitarian catastrophe, we both see the dangers of extremism.”
“If we focus on that common ground we can indeed make some progress,” he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that achieving a diplomatic solution will be the only way to solve the Syrian problem. At the same time, he does not believe that the idea of holding an international conference on Syria has not been shelved.

“I do not believe that the idea has been shelved forever,” the President said in response to a question by ITAR-TASS correspondent at the news conference after his meeting with the British Prime Minister.

“This is one of the most expedient ways to solve the problem, and it could be solved only by political and diplomatic means, he added.

“I believe that only by coordinating efforts of all sides can be solved the problem and bring all sides to the negotiation table,” Putin emphasized.

Vladimir Putin has arrived in London to hold talks with David Cameron

First of all, Russian President Vladimir Putin and UK Prime Minister David Cameron will award veterans who took part in what was known as the Arctic Convoys, Voice of Russia correspondent reported.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in London where he will hold talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

“During the meeting, the two sides are expected to discuss trade and economic issues, investment ties between Russia and Britain, the deepening and diversification of energy cooperation that seems to be quite promising, as well as urgent international issues,” the Russian President’s aide Yuri Ushakov said, and emphasized that the Kremlin welcomes positive developments that have been outlined in ties with the UK.

Meanwhile, dozens of pretesters gathered outside 10, Downing Street, to support demonstrations in Turkey, Voice of Russia correspondent reported.

Slogans “Enough, Erdogan”, “Dictator go away”, “Britain, stop supplying tear gas to Erdogan” can be heard outside Downing Street.

President Putin and Prime Minister Cameron will focus on Syria, when they will discuss international and regional topics, Ushakov predicted. “The approaches of Russia and Britain largely coincide towards searching a settlement to the Syrian crisis: putting an end to violence at the earliest, the preservation of Syria’s territorial integrity and sovereignty are a priority for the two countries,” he added.

Putin and Cameron will meet for the fourth time. Last time, they met in Sochi in May.

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Reporters to pay £150 fee to cover G8 Summit

Voice of Russia correspondent Polina Chernitsa has shared details on the agenda of President Vladimir Putin’s meeting with British PM David Cameron and on the preparations for the world leaders’ G8 Summit.

Anti-globalist protests are expected to be one of the major concerns for the G8 host Northern Ireland. Demonstrators have recently staged mass rallies in London and Belfast after police blocked off the roads to Loch Earn. But the way to the summit venue is now closed.

David Cameron said the upcoming summit will be less pompous and more reminiscent of the early G8 gatherings. But locals have been blogging that the town close to Loch Earn ihas been spruced up ahead of the summit. Many people complained the funds wasted on Loch Earn decorations would make more difference if spent on creating jobs.

Journalists who wish to cover the Group of Eight Summit must now be prepared to cash out £150 in fees to get a press office pass for the first time in G8 history – an anti-crisis measure of sorts.

Most of talks are expected to hinge on Syria, both between Vladimir Putin and David Cameron as well as with US President Barack Obama.

The G8 communiqué will be announced on the heels of the summit on Thursday where the world leaders will sum up their preliminary compromise decision on Syria.

Russia’s Vladimir Putin is set to meet with Britain’s David Cameron at 3:30 p.m. local time. The talks will follow a solemn ceremony where the remaining British Northern Convoy veterans will be finally awarded with prestigiousUshakov medals for their contribution to the WWII victory, after a year of intense debates.

The Ushakov Medal was created in April 2012 on the initiative of then President Dmitry Medvedev to honour the British, Australian and New Zealand vets. But the UK government refused to give its permit. It had a change of heart a month later and allowed Russia to award the veterans, who will also receive the Crown’s Arctic Star.

A total of 20 British vets are expected to attend the ceremony together with their nearest and dearest. The youngest of the Northern Convoy heroes has turned 86 years old.

Putin, Cameron to talk Syria conference today ahead of G8 Summit

Russa’s President Vladimir Putin and British PM David Cameron are to meet today to fix the date and lineup of the global Syria conference, BBC reports.

The leaders will meet at 10, Downing Street ahead of the G8 Summit in Ireland’s Loch Earn slated for June 17 to 18. Up for discussion is also deoffshorization of global economy.

The conference was agreed on during US Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to Moscow in May. The major stumbling block in the US-Russia handling of the issue turned out to be Iran’s participation and opposition’s representation.

The Syria conference has been preliminary planned for July 2013.

Putin, Cameron meet in London on June 16 to discuss urgent global issues

The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin will pay a working visit to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, to hold talks with the British Prime Minister David Cameron, on June 16th this year. This will be the fourth time that Putin and Cameron have had talks.

Then Prime Minister’s residence at 10, Downing Street, will play host to a joint honouring of British World War II veterans who took part in what was known as the Arctic Convoys. Putin and Cameron will award the veterans government decorations, – Russia’s Ushakov Medal and the UK’s Arctic Star Medal.

The parties to the forthcoming talks are due to take up the promotion of trade, economic and investment ties between Russia and the UK, the deepening and diversification of energy cooperation, as well as some topical issues of the international agenda.

In 2012, the Russian-British trade turnover grew by 9.6% as against the previous year of 2011, to reach 23.2 billion dollars. Russian exports grew by 7.3%, to 15 billion dollars, while the imports, by 14.1%, to 8.2 billion dollars.

The amount of cumulative British investment in the Russian economy at the end of 2012 grew up by 5.1% to reach 26.7 billion dollars, or 7.4% of the total amount of cumulative foreign investment in Russia. The UK is the fifth biggest cumulative investor in Russia, with only Cyprus, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and China ahead of it.

Energy is quite a promising area of cooperation. The Gazprom gas giant accounts for some 10% of the British wholesale gas market (8 billion cubic metres of gas in the UK). Russia’s Rosneft and the British Petroleum Company signed a large-scale deal in March this year, with the BPbecoming the biggest private shareholder of the Russian company. The BP’s share makes up almost 20%.

The 2012 London Summer Olympics and the forthcoming 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics predetermine the two countries’ cooperation in the Olympics area. British companies are involved in designing and building major sports facilities, infrastructure facilities, in rendering consulting services on “green standards”, providing volunteers and supplying equipment.

Interregional relations have been gaining momentum at the level of small- and medium-sized businesses. In the Khabarovsk Region, the Highland Gold Mining Company is launching the construction of a mining-and-processing integrated works at the Belaya Gora goldfield. The UK’s Transinvest Company, as well as its Russian partner TOO “ECCO” and the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences are engaged in the construction of a heat-producing complex in Novosibirsk. St. Petersburg, Lipetsk and Ulyanovsk Regions, as well as the Ural Federal District are also actively engaged in joint Russian-British projects.

Humanitarian and cultural ties are traditionally seen as an important area. The first ever Russia/UK bilateral Years of Culture in 2014 will give a fresh impetus to interaction in the field in question. The Years of Culture agendas boast numerous cultural educational, youth and sports exchanges, the Moscow/London Days of Culture, art exhibitions, a Russian Language Week, a forum of university heads, and a theatre festival. In October 2014, London will play host to an exhibition of Soviet and Russian space exploration achievements.

When taking up topical international and regional issues, Vladimir Putin and David Cameron will give priority to Syria. The Russian and British approaches to a settlement in Syria largely coincide. Both countries see a speedy end to the violence, the preservation of territorial integrity and the sovereignty of the Syrian State as a priority.

Information circulated by Yury Ushakov, Russian Presidential Aide.

Voice of Russia, Polina Chernitsa