“Difficult times”.World leaders and business giants are set to skip Putin’s annual economic forum in St. Petersburg

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The 25th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) is scheduled to open on June 15th tomorrow. What is the official topic? “A new opportunity in a new world.”

The SPIEF, which has been held under the auspices of the President of Russia since 2006, has traditionally been attended by big names and senior officials from companies around the world. But with the Kremlin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the ensuing conflict between Russia and the West, and the withdrawal of most international corporations from Russia, the once prestigious events Quote Bloomberg“Radioactive”.

2019, SPIEF organizer report An unprecedented 19,000 people from 145 countries, including UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Xi Jinping of China, participated in the forum. 2021, event host Approximately 13,500 people from 141 countries, despite the restrictions associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

There are only 115 representatives of “countries and regions”. It was allegedly confirmed Participation in SPIEF from June 15th to 18th.According to Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokaev Set to attend, And other (details unknown) heads of state. This year’s guest list also includes Afghanistan’s Taliban representatives and Myanmar’s junta minister.

Putin’s Traditional speech It will be held at the SPIEF plenary session on June 17th.Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesman Told the journalist This “very important” speech will focus on “anti-Russian sanctions.” The plenary session itself is moderated by RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan. Denis Pushilin and Leonid Paseknik, leaders of the Kremlin-controlled “People’s Republic” in eastern Ukraine, will also attend the meeting.

As report According to the RBC, some of the forum’s guests are trying to mask their participation. The SPIEF organizers acknowledged that some participants had to reject the request to have the company they work for leave their name tags. The “top manager” also told RBC that large Russian companies were afraid that they would be subject to western sanctions by joining the forum. Some companies reportedly went as far as paying the entry fee through an intermediary.

However, not all Western companies boycott forums. As Bloomberg pointed out, “Leaders of Moscow’s business organizations representing France, Italy, Canada and the United States are listed by SPIEF organizers as participating.”

Global fallout due to sanctions

In the telegram on June 6th handle President Putin lamented SPIEF participants, organizers and guests that the forum was being held “at a difficult time for the entire international community.” He then blamed global inflation, supply chain problems, and the sharp rise in poverty and food shortages for “long-standing economic policy errors and illegal sanctions from Western nations.”

The Forum program Little is mentioned about Ukraine. However, the Kremlin’s so-called “special military operations” will be discussed as part of a session on “fake news in the age of globalization” attended by Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zaharov, Russian parliamentarian Alexander Kinstein, and pro-Kremlin. It’s a schedule. mischief Above all, Vovan and Lexus.

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