September 5, 2019 / 9:47 AM / a month ago

Russia's Putin: need wider G7-style group, with China, India, Turkey

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia September 5, 2019. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via REUTERS

VLADIVOSTOK (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia was ready to host a meeting of the G7/G8 group of nations, and would welcome a wider format featuring Turkey, India and China.

Putin, who was speaking at an economic forum in Russia’s Far East, said he could not imagine an effective international organization without China or India.

Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber, Vladimir Soldatkin, Andrey Kuzmin; Writing by Polina Ivanova; Editing by Alison Williams

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