In a few days, world leaders will be meeting in St Petersburg for the annual Leaders’ Summit.
Russia took on the presidency of the G20 in December 2012. The Leaders’ summit represents a significant – ‘its most important’ – stage in that presidency, a point made by Russian President Vladimir Putin in a speech on 28 August.
It is inevitable that recent events relating whistle-blower Ed Snowden and a possible US military intervention in Syria will feature in discussions. They are likely to dominate much media coverage of the event.
However, I’m keen to see whether, and to what extent, progress is made on energy policy, and in particular, on fossil fuel subsidies – a topic identified as one of the priorities of Russia’s G20 presidency. I’ll be blogging on that as news on developments comes to hand.