The XXV.  International Economic Forum begins in Saint Petersburg

The XXV. International Economic Forum begins in Saint Petersburg

The XXV International Economic Forum begins in Saint Petersburg

This day’s sessions will focus on the development of small and medium-sized enterprises. Photo: Russia Today

The XXV. International Economic Forum (SPIEF) has started in Saint Petersburg. Be part of the event that will take place until Saturday 18th June Delegations from around 40 countries around the worlddespite Western attempts to isolate Russia.

The sessions of this day focus on the development of small and medium-sized enterprises, but participants can also visit different ones interactive booths and art installations. For example, the Russian company Gazprom Neft is presenting an installation that not only shows how oil is extracted in northern Russia, but also its efforts to protect the environment. Some companies, in turn, present their innovations, such as a robot that can prepare coffee.

The media are already emphasizing that despite the sanctions imposed on Russia as a result of its military action in Ukraine and the isolation promised by the West, representatives of France, Italy, Canada and USA. In addition, this year the leaders of the the People’s Republics of Donetsk and LuganskDenis Pushilin and Leonid Pasechnik.

According to the Kremlin Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend on June 17th in the plenary session, which will also be attended by the leaders of Kazakhstan and Egypt, Kasim-Yomart Tokáev and Abdelfatah al Sisi, via videoconference. Meanwhile, Chinese leader Xi Jinping will deliver a video address. In addition, bilateral contacts between Putin and various leaders of other nations invited to the forum, as well as a meeting with Russian journalists are planned.

For its part, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported on the meeting, which the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is expected to co-host the Vice President of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carlos Faría.

(Taken from Russia Today)