GLOBAL SUMMIT 23-May-2014
Vladimir Putin met with heads of major Russian and foreign companies and business associations at the CEO Global Summit, which is part of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
The summit of global business leaders was organised by the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.
ST. PETERSBURG, May 23. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia sees no need so far to review the terms of its membership in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Trade Organization (WTO), says Valentina Matviyenko,Speaker of the Federation Council.
At the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Matviyenko said this in response to a question about whether Russia would review its participation in the IMF and the WTO, if the West tightened its sanctions over Russia’s policy on Ukraine.
Matviyenko said the IMF’s position “raises questions”. As for the WTO, Russia will firmly and consistently fulfill its obligations, if only “our interests and rights are not infringed upon,” she said.ITAR-TASS
Russia May 23, 18:40 UTC+4
“The US always comes against the countries that seek to pursue an independent policy,” Iranian defense minister says
MOSCOW, May 23. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia and Iran have revealed common positions on the destabilising impact of “colour revolutions” on regional security.
Russian and Iranian defense ministers, Sergei Shoigu and Hossein Dehghan, met within the 3rd Moscow International Security Conference on Friday.
Dehghan said the Iranian leadership always thought about the causes of “colour revolutions” when it analysed the situation.
The United States often pursues its interests in conducting “colour revolutions”, he said.
“The US always comes against the countries that seek to pursue an independent policy,” Dehghan said.
“We’re categorically against such approach. We’ll build our cooperation on the basis of such principle. I have a keen interest in reaching a new level in cooperation between the two countries,” he said.
Dehghan also thanked Shoigu for accepting the invitation to visit Iran. “This is an important message to Americans,” he said.
Shoigu said he was grateful to his Iranian counterpart for taking part in the conference.
“Our meeting creates conditions for developing mutual relations between the defence ministries,” he said.
Russian Derfense Minister Sergei Shoigu
Russian Derfense Minister Sergei Shoigu speaks at the 3rd Moscow International Security Conference