Iran not on G8 summit agenda so far
ROME, April 28 (Itar-Tass) -- Russian G8 sherpa Igor Shuvalov said the Iranian nuclear problem was not on the agenda of the upcoming G8 summit in St. Petersburg so far, however it may be included into it.
“On the eve of the summit G8 foreign ministers will take a decision on a possible inclusion of the issue into a separate item of the agenda, which will be submitted for discussion of the heads of state”, he told reporters upon concluding consultations with his G8 counterparts.
He said Russia, which currently presides the G8, proposed three main issues for discussion – energy security, education, and the fight against infectious diseases, as the problems are global and important not only for G8 countries, but for the whole world.
Commenting on the plans of Russian Gazprom giant to expand its presence in Europe, Shuvalov said: “European countries have to understand that the situation is changing. Russia believes it is necessary to create a situation when one region depends on the other.”
“We believe our G8 partners have to propose new approaches to energy security, but not the traditional ones, which we see from OPEC or from the countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.”
As far as possible protests of anti-globalists at the G8 summit are concerned, Shuvalov said Russia was ready for them.
“We would definitely prefer that they (anti-globalists) do not come exclusively for security reasons. But we shall not tell them not to come and we shall not erect official barriers for them either. They will enjoy the same rights, which they enjoyed during the presidency of any other country”, he said.