Schedule of senior management of Russia optimized due to the fact that the Prime Minister had been scheduled more visits and contacts in the Asia-Pacific region, said Dmitry Peskov.
MOSCOW, 12 Nov. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin has decided that due to optimization of schedules of the top management of the country at the APEC summit in the Philippines in November, Russia will be represented by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, reported the press Secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov.
“I can confirm that, indeed, Russia at the APEC summit in Manila will be presented by the Prime Minister. The fact that the Prime Minister there were planned in the region South-East Asia, additional contacts, more visits, than, probably, will tell the government, and in this regard, from the point of view of optimization of schedules of the top management of the country, the President issued a decision,” Peskov said to journalists on Thursday.
However, he stressed that the head of state traditionally pays much attention to the issues of APEC, the agenda of the summit.
“It is planned to publish the article of the President. Article — in connection with the agenda of this APEC summit, and in General, in connection with cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. This article will be on the eve of the summit, it will be released in the leading mass media of the APEC countries”, — said Peskov.
Earlier, Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Putin accepted the invitation of the head of the Philippines Benigno Aquino to take part in the APEC summit in November this year.
Asia-Pacific economic cooperation (APEC) — international economic forum of the Asia-Pacific region for cooperation in regional trade and facilitation and liberalization of investment. The aim of APEC is to increase economic growth and prosperity in the region and strengthen the Asia Pacific community. In member economies approximately 40 % of the world’s population, they account for approximately 54 % GDP and 44 % of world trade.
For the period 1993-2013, took place more than 20 summits of the leaders of APEC. In 2012 Russia presided over the APEC summit. The forum was held on the island of Russian in Vladivostok. In 2014, the APEC summit was held in Beijing.