|By Victor Vasiliev, Alex Grigoryev|
|Federal Information & News Dispatch, Inc.|
G8 Leaders to Meet in Sochi in June
June's meeting will be the second hosted by
According to Putin, Russian priorities at this year's summit are the welfare of people, progress and development, which he said is reflected in the motto of the Russian chairmanship of the G8 in 2014 – "Risk Management for Sustainable Growth in a
"In short, all the time, when they gather to discuss global issues, in the end, everything comes down to the need to respond to the current crisis," he said. "From now on, it looks like it will always be the case, regardless of who chairs [the summit]."
But Lukyanov says even if outside events loom large, there is a time-tested agenda at G8 summits.
"The priorities, as always, when discussing the common agenda of such events, will surely include stability of the global economy, a fairer system of decision-making by international financial organizations, fight against offshore companies," he says.
Kirton notes that the Russian program reflects the traditional political priorities of the Kremlin and especially this year's emphasis on health issues.
"In the last summit's agenda there was virtually nothing about global health. But this is extremely important to improve the health of people around the globe," he said.
As the current chair of the G8 and host of the Winter Olympics,
Ambrosio says that for Putin, the positive publicity associated with hosting a major global event cannot be underestimated.
"It elevates Putin's global prestige and makes
But some observers remain skeptical that
"The fact that several G8 leaders skipped the Sochi games suggests that
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