Putin won't attend APEC summit in Philippines — Kremlin

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will go instead.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not go to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Philippines on November 18-19 while Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will represent Russia at the summit, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.

"I can confirm that Prime Minister will represent Russia at APEC summit in Manila," Peskov said, adding that Medvedev also plans other visits in South-Eastern Asia. "In this respect from the viewpoint of optimization of schedules of the top leadership of the country president has made a decision not to go that far together with the premier with literally 1-2 days' difference," he said.

According to the spokesman, Vladimir Putin’s contacts with colleagues will not be affected by his decision not to take part in the APEC summit.

He said "some of bilateral meetings [planned at the summit] will be compensated by telephone conversations, some other meetings have not been coordinated yet."

 The Kremlin has dismissed allegations that the appointment of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as head of the Russian delegation to an APEC summit instead of the president came because the prime minister was allegedly enjoying better relations with US President Barack Obama, who also plans to take part in the forum.

"This is an incorrect estimation which shows lack of understanding of the essence of Russian policy in the Asia-Pacific region,’ the spokesman said.

First published by TASS.

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