Putin will not be there.
“Three prominent Russian businessmen placed under sanctions by the U.S., was informed that their presence at the annual world economic forum in Davos in January next year desirable,” says the Financial Times. “It’s an indication that international organizations apassive refer to contacts with individuals who were in the “black list” of Washington,” – commented the reporters Henry Foy and Max Seddon.
“Aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, a tycoon Viktor Vekselberg and the head of VTB Bank Andrey Kostin is actually banned to participate in this forum of the elite in Switzerland, our newspaper reported two people knowledgeable about the decision. This happened in spite of the fact that legal interference which would hinder their participation. The decision to prevent the three men foiled the attempts of the organizers of the forum to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin, that he for the first time in 10 years came at this event”, – writes the edition.
“The official Kremlin spokesman confirmed that Putin will not be there, but denied that he knows anything about the situation with these three individuals,” the authors write. “Putin invited every year. Now this does not coincide with his schedule”, – said the press service of the Russian President.
The newspaper reported that the official representatives of the forum and the three above-mentioned businessman has not responded to requests for comment.
One of the sources knowledgeable about the decision of Davos, said that the forum “was under tremendous pressure from Washington, which demands not to invite them.”
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