Putin uses WW2 anniversary to push idea of Russian-backed summit to stabilise world
MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin has urged the leaders of the five permanent members of the United States Security Council to reach a personal summit agreement to try to address the world's problems as soon as possible.
Putin made the appeal in an article in English that was published late Thursday in the American magazine for international affairs The National Interest, in which he described the events of World War II before a parade in Red Square next week on the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over the Nazis examined Germany.
"Today as in 1945 it is important to demonstrate political will and to discuss the future together," Putin wrote.
He proposed such a summit in January, and the four other permanent members of the United States Security Council - the United States, China, France, and the United Kingdom - gave their general approval.
Moscow hopes that the summit can continue as soon as fears of the corona virus subside, despite tense relations with the West and particularly with the United States, from everything from Syria and Ukraine to Russia's alleged political interference abroad.
The summit would discuss the global economy, global security, arms control, extremism, cyberspace, and climate change, Moscow said. Putin said Moscow has specific ideas and initiatives on all issues.
"If we rely on a shared historical memory, we can and must trust each other. This will serve as a solid foundation for successful negotiations and concerted action to ... improve stability and security on the planet," wrote Putin.
Dmitri Trenin, director of the Carnegie Moscow Center and former colonel in the Russian army, said the article looked like Putin was trying to turn the summit into a "highest global format," a goal he described as very ambitious.
"Russia can suggest, but it's up to the US and China to decide whether they're ready / ready. 2020 isn't 1945," Trenin wrote on Twitter.
(Reporting by Tom Balmforth / Andrew Osborn; editing by Mark Heinrich)
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