Vladimir Putin (L), Jair Bolsonaro (C), Narendra Modi (R), Xi Jinping (2nd L) and Cyril Ramaphosa pose for a picture during the BRICS summit in Osaka, Japan on Friday. Reuters
Attempts to lower the role of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) or to destroy it are counter-productive, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.
“This is clear that it (global trade) needs to be adapted to the present-day developments,” Putin told a meeting of leaders from BRICS nations on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Japan’s western city of Osaka.
“We consider counter-productive any attempts to destroy WTO or to lower its role.”
The current situation in the global economy was worrying, he added, as global trade was feeling the effect of “protectionism, (and) politically motivated restrictions.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks with Pope Francis on Thursday, a day before Ukraine’s Catholic leaders meet at the Vatican to discuss the crisis in their country,
A judo blackbelt, Putin has long been keen to show off his athletic prowess, including by working out with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, hitting the ski slopes in Sochi or diving to the bottom of the Black Sea.
President Donald Trump said he held “very positive” talks on Friday with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the crisis in oil-rich Venezuela, where Washington is pushing to oust the Moscow-backed president.
Sheikh Mohammed and his accompanying delegation were received at the King Abdulaziz Air Base by the King Salman.
Rain was witnessed over Sieh Shuaib in Abu Dhabi, Jebel Ali in Dubai. Light to moderate rain was witnessed over Al Dhaid in Sharjah and Dibba in Fujairah.
A gunman shot dead six people on Tuesday at a hospital waiting room in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava in an unexplained attack, authorities said. It was the worst shooting in the Czech Republic