Russian President Vladimir Putin held a meeting with media editors-in-chief and military commanders at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) in a shortened format, his press secretary Dmitry Peskov said. He explained this by changes in the schedule – due to cyber attacks, the speech of the head of state at the forum took place later than planned. Mr. Putin plans to hold a full-scale meeting in Moscow in a few weeks.
“The meeting with media representatives took place, but in a somewhat shortened format due to the fact that the entire schedule of the president, unfortunately, due to the late start caused by cyber attacks, moved,” Peskov told reporters (quoted from “Interfax”). According to him, the meeting had to be “slightly shortened”, as other meetings are planned, including with the Serb member of the Presidium of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Milorad Dodik.
At the meeting with media representatives, “a brief conversation took place.” Mr. Putin answered a number of questions. “I had a separate detailed conversation with some correspondents who came from the front line,” the Kremlin spokesman added.
Vladimir Putin’s speech at SPIEF was postponed for an hour due to cyber attacks on the forum’s accreditation system. It was originally planned that the president would discuss the military operation in Ukraine with media representatives. Mr. Peskov reported that both open and closed parts of the meeting were planned.
About the President’s speech at the SPIEF – in the material “Kommersant” “Vladimir Putin presented a breakthrough plan.”
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