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    Russian Prime Minister and president-elect Vladimir Putin will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama if he goes to a G8 summit at Camp David on May 18-19, Putin's spokesman said on Wednesday.

    Russian Prime Minister and president-elect Vladimir Putin will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama if he goes to a G8 summit at Camp David on May 18-19, Putin's spokesman said on Wednesday.

    "I assume with much certainty that attending the G8 summit, which will take take in the United States, without meeting with the U.S. President would be impossible," Dmitry Peskov told the liberal Dozhd TV channel.

    "If Putin does participate in the G8, we will, of course, expect such a meeting to take place," Peskov said.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has earlier said Putin will meet with Obama shortly after his inauguration on May 7.

    Putin was re-elected for a third term as president in presidential polls earlier this month.

    The elections were marred by widespread allegations of electoral violations and observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said the vote was "clearly skewed" in Putin's favor.

     

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