Russian President Putin Will Not Attend World Humanitarian Summit; Nation Cites Noninclusive Negotiation Process

IRIN: Putin declines World Humanitarian Summit invitation as Russia cries foul
“Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be attending the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, and Russia is refusing to be bound by the results of a process it says failed to include its views. A Russian statement, obtained by IRIN, says any outcomes of the summit would not be legitimate grounds to change the U.N.’s emergency aid setup…” (Parker, 5/10).