Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the urgent Group of 20 summit on Afghanistan if the move is accepted, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told media on Thursday, TASS reported.
“As far as I know, the Italian side is currently discussing it with other countries. Before organizing it, the position of all the other countries must be clear,” he said. “Italy is preparing to host another G20 summit. It remains to be seen whether it is necessary to hold an extraordinary virtual summit before October. I have no doubt that President Putin will certainly attend.”
“This question has been raised. There has to be coordination with a number of states alongside Moscow. The organizers will not make a decision until after that,” he added when asked if Italy had conducted a specific dialogue with Russia on the issue of holding such a summit. .
Peskov recalled that the issue of a summit was discussed during Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s visit to Rome last week.
Current G20 President Italy is hosting an emergency summit conference on Afghanistan. Italian media believe it could take place in mid-September.