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Putin, Medvedev discuss issues related to G8 summit

(Xinhua)

08:42, May 17, 2012

MOSCOW, May 16 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday discussed issues related to the upcoming Group of Eight (G8) summit, the Kremlin press service said.

However, the press service didn't reveal details about the meeting between Putin and Medvedev.

Earlier, Putin declined the invitation to the G8 summit due to his "responsibilities" to deal with the formation of a new government. Medvedev, instead of Putin, will attend the summit in the United States on May 18-19.

Also on Wednesday, Moscow's Kommersant business daily said that U.S. President Barack Obama and Medvedev will hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G8 summit in Camp David.

The newspaper, quoted a source from the Russian government, said that Obama was likely to drop the missile defense issues and bilateral economic relations from the agenda due to Putin's absence.

These issues will be discussed at a meeting between Obama and Putin in June during the G20 summit in Mexico, the newspaper said.

Medvedev submitted to Putin the lineup of a new government on Tuesday, without making the names of the future ministers public.

Local media said that the appointments were expected to be finalized only upon Medvedev's return from the G8 summit.

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