Putin to deliver ‘extremely important’ speech at SPIEF 2022 — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Russian president expected to comment on global energy and food crisis in historic speech

On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin will deliver a speech at the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). It will be his first major appearance before an international audience since Russia launched its military campaign in Ukraine in late February.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Putin’s speech this year will be « Extremely important. »

He added that the president will focus on the Russian economy, but also comment on world events.

Putin is expected to tackle, among other things, rising energy prices and the looming global food crisis.

SPIEF is an annual gathering of business leaders, investors and politicians. The forum started on Wednesday and will continue until June 18.

This year’s event was overshadowed by sweeping sanctions imposed on Moscow by EU and NATO member states, with many large companies exiting the Russian market.

Putin said this month that companies exiting the Russian market would regret the move. On Thursday, he linked the exodus to countries « that cannot make sovereign decisions ».

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