"Group of elders ", which was on a visit in the capital of Russia, was pleased with the negotiations with the leader of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, according to a press release from the Group.
Wednesday "Group of elders" held dialogues with Russian President Vladimir Putin. According to the press Secretary of the head of the Russian Federation Dmitry Peskov, Putin meeting with the elders discussed the issues of international relations. In a press release, "Groups" according to the results of the negotiations noted that they were " constructive and open ".
"We are pleased that we were able to discuss the role of Russia in international arena with President Putin. For successful conflict resolution and confidence-building your own dialogue and effective action at the highest level, " said Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, whose words are in the document.
the press release notes that the elders in the negotiations in the Russian capital were extremely interested to hear the opinion of the Russian leadership about current geopolitical crises in the world. Speaking about the situation in Ukraine, members of the Group stressed that the extremely important to adhere to the implementation of the Minsk agreements of February 12.
in the capital of Russia " Group of elders ", in Addition to meeting with Putin, also held dialogues with the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov, former President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev, former Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Yevgeny Primakov, as well as leaders of Moscow's leading research centres.
The group of "elders" was created in 2007 at the initiative of Nelson Mandela, it consists of 12 independent persons international level. In the process of a three-day visit to the Russian Federation of six members of the Group have plans to discuss a number of pressing foreign policy issues, including the middle East, the battle against crime and UN reform, and to know the opinion of the interviewees on these and other topics. This is the 1st visit of the organization in Russian Federation.
The delegation is headed by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. Besides him, was composed of ex-President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari, former foreign Minister of Algeria Lakhdar Brahimi, former Prime Minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland, former presidents of the United States and Mexico Jimmy Carter and Ernesto Zedillo.