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Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that he would meet with the finance ministers of the Group of Eight industrialized countries
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that he would meet with the finance ministers of the Group of Eight industrialized countries, who are arriving in Moscow at the end of the week for a ministerial meeting. Speaking at the president's meeting with Cabinet members, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said: "My counterparts would like to discuss with you the issues on the agenda of the G8 summit, including the priorities put forward by Russia." In its debut year as G8 president, Russia has identified three priority areas: energy security, efforts to combat infectious diseases, and work to develop education. Kudrin said these issues, as well as financial aid to the world's poorest countries, global economic development, and oil market trends would feature on the agenda of the G8 finance ministers. He added that all the participants in the meeting had agreed on the agenda. The finance ministers of the G8, which comprises Germany, Japan, France, Canada, Italy, the United States, Britain, and Russia, will meet in Moscow February 10-11. It is the first time Russia will preside over a G8 meeting.
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