In Vietnam ends with a summit of APEC leaders

Da NANG, November 11. /TASS/. In da Nang (Vietnam) the final events of the summit leaders of APEC economies. The result will be the adoption of a joint Declaration in which the leaders will assess the current regional and global economic situation, agree on the approaches to further development of cooperation and will present some challenges for APEC for the next year. We can not exclude the possibility of bilateral meetings with high-ranking participants, including the conversation in a particular format, the presidents of Russia and USA Vladimir Putin and Donald trump.

The meeting of Putin and trump

The conversation between the two leaders remains one of the main intrigues associated with this summit. A few days before the Russian President’s trip to Vietnam, his assistant Yuri Ushakov said that the Russian side is ready to hold a separate bilateral meeting between Putin and trump, but its details, including time parameters, until recently, was not agreed to. Earlier intention to meet with Putin in Vietnam said the tramp. However, on Friday immediately after arriving in da Nang the us “air force one” Bloomberg reported, citing the press Secretary of the leader of the United States Sarah Sanders that the official bilateral meeting of the two presidents on the sidelines of the summit will not be due to the tight schedule of trump.

These words succinctly commented on later, the TV channel “Russia-24” Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: “What say the rest of his [trump’s] bureaucrats, I don’t know, ask them.” He recalled that the American leader had publicly expressed a desire to hold such a meeting.

In turn, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said that the Russian side continues to “work patiently” on the organization of the meeting, and stated that the meeting on the sidelines of the summit one way or another will take place. And it really was a matter of time, which could be shorter if trump appeared on the first two events of the summit. According to the staff, shown to the journalists, the American leader was not at the meetings with the Business Advisory Council of APEC and ASEAN leaders. Putin is in both events attended.

At the first public appearance of the American leader at the summit – the ceremony of photographing of the leaders in the Vietnamese national costume – the contact between him and Putin happened. Leaders who, as it turned out, had to stand around for photos and exchanged handshakes and a few words. After the ceremony, the trump friendly to Putin laid a hand on his shoulder.

After that, the leaders went to the gala dinner where the presidents of Russia and the United States were sitting far from each other. In the part that was open to the press, they did not communicate, and closer to the end of the event tramp left the room.

The second day of the summit

On Saturday in da Nang will be two meetings of the summit and a working lunch. At the first meeting of the two leaders will discuss prospects of the world economy, the managing Director of the International monetary Fund Christine Lagarde. It is expected that she will talk about the current situation and prospects of the world economy, after which a brief discussion. Then the two leaders will discuss the development of the Internet and the digital economy.

“If going to be the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, he will tell about the experience of Russia in the development of information technologies and their implementation in the economy and the system of public administration, – reported to journalists by the assistant to the Russian leader Yury Ushakov. – In addition, can be presented by the Russian initiative for capacity building in the Asia-Pacific region cooperation in the field of digital economy, the harmonization of national technical standards and policies. It is also planned to discuss the issues of cooperation between innovative clusters of APEC economies”.

Then in the program of the forum scheduled a working Breakfast, where he will discuss the formation of the Asia-Pacific free trade area and a possible expansion of the APEC members. Putin in his speech, expected to address the topic of integration processes in the region, expand cooperation, the APEC and the Eurasian economic Union, as well as the coordination of efforts in APEC to combat international terrorism.

The second and final session of the summit, according to Russian presidential aide, will be devoted to new driving forces in international trade and investment. In his speech at the event, Putin plans to talk about the trends of economic development of Russia on realization of the program of priority development of the Russian Far East, said the representative of the Kremlin. Ushakov did not rule out that Putin invited the leaders of the APEC economies to come to Russia for the world football championship in 2018.