Presidential aide Shuvalov pledges no surprises at G8 summit

Other News Materials 21 June 2006 10:40

(RIA Novosti)-Russia is neither preparing nor expecting any surprises when the leaders of the world's most industrialized nations meet in July, a presidential aide said Tuesday.

St. Petersburg will host Russia's debut summit of leaders from the Group of Eight industrialized nations on July 15-17, reports Trend.

And Igor Shuvalov, Russia's sherpa to the club of rich nations, said, "We are not preparing any surprises for anyone, [but] are acting according to a plan, and we do not expect any surprises."

Shuvalov said there was speculation that difficulties had emerged in relations between Russia and the United States and given that bilateral talks on Russia's accession to the World Trade organization were yet to be completed; one of the countries could present an unpleasant surprise at the meeting next month.

But the aide said this was unlikely to be on the cards. "We would like to avoid any surprises both from us and our partners," he said.