There is still no agreement among leaders of the world's richest nations on the final text of a declaration that will touch upon the protracted conflict in Syria, a Kremlin advisor said Thursday.
The leaders of the G8 – Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy,
Japan, Russia and the United States – will meet Friday and Saturday for a
summit at the Camp David presidential retreat near Washington.
Russia will be represented by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev after
Vladimir Putin, the newly inaugurated president and the country's
paramount leader, raised eyebrows in the West by suddenly cancelling his
"There are differences," Kremlin advisor Arkady Dvorkovich told
reporters, referring to the text of the G8 final declaration. "We are
continuing our work."
A long-standing ally of Damascus, Moscow drew international criticism
for vetoing two UN Security Council resolutions against Syrian
President Bashar al-Assad over the conflict that activists say has left
12,000 people dead.