The speech of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum has been postponed to 15:00 Moscow time due to cyber attacks on the event’s accreditation base. This was announced by the press secretary of the head of state Dmitry Peskov.
On June 17, Putin will speak at the plenary session of the forum in person. SPIEF takes place from June 15 to 18 at the Expoforum Convention and Exhibition Center in St. Petersburg.
According to a Kremlin spokesman, cyber attacks on the forum’s IT infrastructure began on Thursday, and the accreditation base was disabled.
“In this regard, the president decided to postpone his speech by an hour, it will take place not at two, but at three, during which time exhaustive measures will be taken to eliminate the consequences of cyber attacks, everything will be adjusted and, most importantly, an opportunity will be provided for everyone who should be present at the plenary, be present there, ”TASS quotes Peskov.
Earlier, Peskov suggested that during the speech, the president would express his assessment of what is happening and his vision of the future. “We are talking about … economic processes,” the official representative of the Kremlin specified.
It is expected that the Russian leader will tell how the Russian economy will live “in the face of hostile manifestations of the West”, about new partners in other parts of the world and the causes of the crisis in various sectors of the world economy. Peskov also expressed confidence that despite the unprecedented economic war against Russia, Putin’s speech will be listened to with great attention.