The date for the G8 summit in Sochi has been set for June 4th – 5th 2014, two and a half months after the end of the paralympics. The Summit will make use of the infrastructure built for the Winter Games.

Russia will host world leaders at 2014 G8 summit in Sochi a few months after holding the Winter Olympics there, President Vladimir Putin said in a decree.

The decree published on the Kremlin website set Sochi as the site of the meeting of the leaders of the Group of Eight leading industrialized nations in 2014, when Russia will hold the rotating chairmanship of the G8.

Putin appointed his chief of staff Sergei Ivanov to organize the G8 meeting, dismissing Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin from the role. The decree gave no reason for the change, but Sochi is some 1,400 km (870 miles) south of Moscow.

There had been talk of holding the G8 summit at Skolkovo, a high-tech incubator being built just outside Moscow that has been championed as an innovation hub by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who was president from 2008-2012.

Putin said in December that Skolkovo was too close to Moscow and that it would not be completed in time for the G8 meeting.

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Reuters