| International News | Saturday September 8 2012 14:18
New Zealand's opposition to Russia's stance on Syria will be among matters Prime Minister John Key will raise with President Vladmir Putin tonight.
Mr Key has a half hour discussion scheduled with Mr Putin - it's their first official meeting.
Top of the agenda will be negotiations over the Free Trade Deal between our countries.
Mr Key says he also wants to talk about the atrocities in Syria - especially given Russia's decision to veto UN Security Council action against the Syrian regime.
"Why are you vetoing that, what is the reason and the rationale, how do you see that playing out. Everyone understands it is very complex, and they are in a much more complex position than say for instance than Libya. But because it's complex, doesn't mean there aren't significant issues."
Key's meeting with Putin is at 7pm New Zealand time.
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