A Russian newspaper reported that President Vladimir Putin may travel to New York City to deliver a speech at the opening of the UN General Assembly in September.
Over the past several years Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has represented Russia at major UN events. Putin last spoke before the UN General Assembly a decade over.
RT reports: Kommersant Daily quoted sources “close to the presidential administration” as saying that Putin’s trip to the United States was already in the preparatory stage. The newspaper also claimed that a source in the United Nations’ secretariat confirmed this.
However, all the sources noted that Putin’s plans would become clear only in early August. They also emphasized that “everything depends on the international situation.”
Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov also said that no final decision has been made on the trip.
“Attending the General Assembly Session is one of the options that are being considered and in this sense it is not very important that it will be the anniversary one.”
In September the United Nations will hold its 70th General Assembly session, with many world leaders expected to participate.