Russia's Putin calls for gradual reform of U.N.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a joint news conference with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic following their talks at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi, Russia October 18, 2017. REUTERS/Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Thursday for a reform of the United Nations, adding that the changes of the global organization should to be carried out gradually. "There is no alternative to the United Nations today," Putin told an international discussion club. "UN reforms are necessary, but they can only be gradual," he said. (Reporting by Polina Nikolskaya; writing by Vladimir Soldatkin; editing by Dmitry Solovyov)