June 28, 2019 / 2:46 AM / 21 days ago

Bids to destroy WTO or lower its role counter-productive - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for an welcome and family photo session at G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, June 28, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool

OSAKA (Reuters) - Attempts to lower the role of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) or to destroy it are counter-productive, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday.

“This is clear that it (global trade) needs to be adapted to the present-day developments,” Putin told a meeting of leaders from BRICS nations on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Japan’s western city of Osaka.

“We consider counter-productive any attempts to destroy WTO or to lower its role.”

The current situation in the global economy was worrying, he added, as global trade was feeling the effect of “protectionism, (and) politically motivated restrictions.”

(This story corrects to change paragraph 2 wording to ‘adapted’ from ‘adopted’)

Reporting by Katya Golubkova in OSAKA and Maria Vasilyeva in MOSCOW; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim and Clarence Fernandez

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