June 19th, 2024

Putin takes questions from international journalists for first time since inauguration

By James Jordan And Harriet Morris, The Associated Press on June 5, 2024.

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the Lakhta Center skyscraper, the headquarters of Russian gas monopoly Gazprom in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, June 5, 2024. (Alexander Zholobov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin took questions Wednesday from international journalists for the first time since his inauguration at a roundtable session on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

He faced questions from senior news leaders of international news agencies, including The Associated Press.

The Russian leader has used the annual forum as a showcase for touting Russia’s development and seeking investors. While meetings with journalists were part of previous sessions, he has not taken questions from Western journalists at the St. Petersburg event since sending troops to Ukraine.

Last year, journalists from countries that Russia regards as unfriendly – including the U.S., the U.K. and the European Union – were not invited, and Western officials and investors also steered clear of the session after wide-ranging sanctions were imposed on Moscow over Ukraine.

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