1 June 201719:16

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at talks with UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the sidelines of SPIEF, St Petersburg, June 1, 2017


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Mr Secretary-General,

I am glad to see you again. Thank you for coming to the St Petersburg International Economic Forum. Tomorrow will be a key day: you will take the floor at a plenary session along with President Vladimir Putin.

We are convinced that the United Nations should be supported and strengthened as never before. We believe in your experience and wisdom. It would be very interesting for us to exchange views with you on current developments and hear your first impressions of your time as UN Secretary-General.

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