Western reports about Putin's speech at economic forum untrue - Peskov

Russian President's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov has dismissed reports by the Bloomberg about the alleged leak into the media of the Russian leader's speech at the forthcoming international economic forum in St. Petersburg.

Russian President's Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov has dismissed reports by the Bloomberg about the alleged leak into the media of the Russian leader's speech at the forthcoming international economic forum in St. Petersburg.

"Bloomberg colleagues were wrong," Peskov told reporters on June 17.

When asked whether the agency's report, citing four sources, about the content of the president's speech at the forum was true, he said "No."

A number of Russian media outlets, citing Bloomberg, reported earlier that at the forum in St. Petersburg Putin will not be making strident statements about Russia's ways out of the recession while leaving in the shadow issues such as fight against corruption and boosting private property; it was alleged that the president is to urge creating a free trade area with China and increasing investment in Russia's Far East.

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