Piggybacking on Britain Prime Minister Tony Blair’s comments on including
India and China in G8, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would back such
an expansion but also include Brazil. He said it would be difficult to solve
international financial, energy, and security problems without involving India,
China and Brazil.
The G8 is a grouping of the world’s most industrialized nations and is meeting
in historic St Petersburg this week. The grouping of the world's eight richest
nations includes Britain, Germany, Italy, Canada, the United States, France,
Japan, and Russia. The leadership is rotating and Russia is the current
President of the grouping.
The European Commission Chairman and the Prime Minister of Finland are also
attending the summit at which international energy, security, the fight against
infectious diseases, and education are expected to be key topics.
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