G8 summit: Putin conspicuous by his absence

G8 summit: Putin conspicuous by his absence


Russian President Vladimir Putin decided not to attend the Group of Eight (G8) summit hosted by US President Barack Obama to be held at the Camp David US presidential retreat in Maryland on 18-19 May. Putin told Obama when the latter called to congratulate him on his inauguration that he will be too busy finalising Cabinet appointments, adding that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev would replace him.

“Putin reminded that he is a difficult partner who tends to be unpredictable and tends...


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