Migration will be at center of G8 summit in Sochi - Putin

Migration problems will be high on the agenda of next year's G8 summit in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia's President Vladimir Putin said, asking former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, who today serves as the UN secretary general's special envoy, to help draw up a report addressing this topic.

Migration problems will be high on the agenda of next year's G8 summit in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia's President Vladimir Putin said, asking former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, who today serves as the UN secretary general's special envoy, to help draw up a report addressing this topic.

"We are currently preparing for the G8 [summit], and one of our key topics, which is a highly important one, is linked with migration and problems generated by it," Putin said at a meeting with Prodi in Rome.

This issue "is increasingly important both for Russia, Europe and Italy," he said.

"I would like to ask the Valdai Club and experts to work with our representatives in order to get ready to discuss this issue," he said.

Prodi, for his part, said that he would be very happy to help, although he was not a big expert on migration. But Prodi said he was prepared to assist with any economic aspects that are related to this problem.

Russia plans to invite Valdai Club experts to contribute to preparations for these discussions, Putin said.

Russia is due to take over the G8 presidency on January 1, 2014. The summit has been set for June.

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