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Putin Denies He Was Isolated at G8 Summit

June 18, 2013

Rossiya 1 TV

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied that at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland he was "alone against seven" during discussions with his counterparts. Putin was responding to a question at a news conference following the G8 summit on 18 June. State-owned Rossiya 1 TV showed excerpts from the news conference on the same day.

A Russian journalist asked Putin: "During the summit, we heard statements by some politicians, read the local media and our impression was that you were alone against seven, or that it was seven plus one but not a group of eight, at least on the Syrian issue. Is that so, did you feel alone?"

Putin replied: "No, of course not, this is absolutely not so. It seems that someone very much wanted this to happen this way. I must tell you, and I want [changes tack] - I will do this with full responsibility, I am sure that my counterparts will confirm this - that the discussion was common, someone agreed with someone else, someone argued over some issues, but not even once was Russia defending its approaches to resolving the Syrian problem alone. The discussion involved people who want to find united, common and effective approaches to resolving the Syrian problem." (C/r: 16:0533- 16:0607)

Originally published by Rossiya 1 TV, Moscow, in Russian 1600 18 Jun 13.

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