January 23, 2020 / 1:39 PM / a month ago

Putin proposes 2020 summit with leaders of Russia, France, China, U.S. and UK

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a statement as he is received by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara (not pictured) ahead of the World Holocaust Forum at the Yad Vashem memorial centre in Jerusalem, January 23, 2020. Heidi Levine/Pool via REUTERS

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday proposed holding a summit between the leaders of Russia, China, the United States, France and Britain in 2020 to discuss the conflict in Libya and other global problems.

Putin, who was speaking during a trip to Israel, said Moscow was ready for a “serious conversation” with the permanent members of the UN Security Council, that there was much to discuss and that the summit could happen anywhere in the world.

“In any country, at any point of the world that is convenient for our colleagues. Russia is ready for this kind of serious conversation,” he said.

“There are many tasks before us. We discussed one of them very recently in Berlin...That is Libya. And we need to return to this problem at the Security Council and adopt the corresponding resolution,” he said.

Putin, who was in Israel on Thursday to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, said holding such a summit would be an important symbolic step ahead of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two.

“We discussed (this) with several colleagues and as far as I understand in general we saw a positive reaction to holding a meeting of the heads of the permanent members of the UN Security Council...” he said.

Reporting by Darya Korsunskaya; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Alex Richardson

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