Russian President Vladimir Putin is still likely to meet foreign business executives at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), but officials won’t reveal with whom, fearing pressure from the United States amid economic sanctions .
“In order not to give more work to American ambassadors, I will not announce anything now,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov reportedly told TASS.
“We expect a very, very interesting plenary session.”
A plenary session is open at the forum, but Putin has traditionally met with foreign business leaders at the forum. He could still interact with business leaders during the SPIEF “plenary session” from June 15-18, according to the report.
Diplomats around the world are pressuring companies to stand up against Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine, which began on February 24.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told Newsmax in an exclusive interview late last month in Kyiv that the world must continue to tighten sanctions against Russia, especially on the economic front.
Additionally, Ukraine’s presidential chief of staff Andriy Yermak told Newsmax that the sanctions were bold in their words, but they weren’t carried out.
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