UN chief says hopes for Russia's support for 2nd term

GORKI, Russia - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday expressed hope that Russia will support him for a potential second term in the top UN post.
"I`d like to really count on your strong support, leadership and guidance in continuing my work as secretary general," Ban told Dmitry Medvedev at the start of a meeting at the Russian president's residence outside Moscow.
Diplomats say the United States and other key Security Council members have given preliminary pledges of support for a second five-year term for Ban.