St. Petersburg International Economic Forum to take place despite refusal of U.S. companies to attend

The program of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) will not be significantly changed following the refusal of a number of Western companies to participate, RIA Novosti quotes a representative of the forum’s organizers.

“The time period of the forum remains the same, there are some changes regarding the speakers, we have to replace some contributors, but roundtable discussions remain unchanged,” RIA Novosti quotes the SPIEF’s organizing committee.

Russian Deputy Minister of Economic Development Sergei Belyakov earlier confirmed that approximately 15 percent of companies that had registered for the forum have refused to attend. President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Putin’s program would not be changed.

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