Putin: No Need to go to London to Discuss Russia's Problems

21 de abril de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Putin: No Need to go to London to Discuss Russia's Problems</h1><p>Apr 21 (EIRNS)--The Kremlin advised Russian officials and leading businessmen <em>not</em> to go to the Apr 22 London Economic Forum this year, the Russian business daily <em>Vedomosti</em> reported yesterday. This is because the "decision makers" will <em>not</em> be in London; rather, they will be at the June St. Petersburg Economic Forum which Putin is having Economics Minister Gherman Gref organize. <em>Vedomosti</em> quoted a source at one of the big Russian companies, whose managers had changed their minds about going to London after Putin asked officials not to support the LEF. A government official confirmed the information. Putin indicated that Russian government officials and businessmen should instead attend the June St. Petersburg forum, which he will attend along with 1,000 heads of Russia's largest companies and 50 heads of state, as well as numerous governors and representatives of all branches of government.</p><p>A source close to the Presidential administration said that the Kremlin "has an understanding that in order to discuss Russian problems it is not necessary to convene in London."</p><p>Both Minister of Economic Development and Trade German Gref and RAO "UES of Russia" head Anatoly Chubais decided to refrain from visiting London, as did the head of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, Alexander Shokhin.  </p></div></body>