2015 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Live updates

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The 19th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum is underway. Despite sanctions, more than 7,000 guests and 1,000 international companies are represented, among them the heads of BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Total. RT will keep you updated.
  • 20 June 2015

    10:29 GMT

    The St Petersburg International Economic Forum has come to an end. Here at RT Business Online we hope you’ve enjoyed our coverage and we hope to see you soon, as well as at next year’s event, SPIEF-2016.

  • 10:24 GMT

    Many of the Forum’s foreign participants admitted that the sanctions against Russia had caused great economic damage to the European Union, said Sergey Ivanov, the head of the Russian presidential administration.

  • 10:20 GMT

    Jack Ma, the CEO of Chinese online trading giant Alibaba, met with the founder of Russia’s Yandex internet group, Arkady Volozh, on the sidelines of the Forum to discuss possible future cooperation.

    Earlier, Ma said that he was looking for Russian partners in logistics and electronic payment systems. He added that Alibaba could announce a deal on the Russian market by 2016.

  • 10:02 GMT

    The Western sanctions introduced in 2014 have a wide range of benefits, as Russian customers, who preferred foreign products, were motivated to turn to Russian industry, and therefore speed up domestic production, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov told RT.

  • 09:40 GMT

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said that it is essential for the China-led Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB) to be transparent, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported.

  • 09:37 GMT

    Russia is interested in the privatization of Greek assets, said Andrey Kostin, CEO of Russia’s second biggest lender, VTB. “If there will be privatization, then we could take part,” he said. Kostin added that so far Greece hasn’t asked VTB for a loan.

    READ MORE: Russian-Greek relations have 'a lot of potential' – Greek Economy Minister to RT

  • 08:42 GMT

    Russian internet search engine Yandex plans to attract foreign investors for its new Turkish project, the head of the company, Arkady Volozh, said during the Forum.

    "We see the Turkish project as an internal start-up and are ready to engage partners in it," he said, adding that an existing user base will make it straightforward to monetize the project.

  • 08:31 GMT

    Rosatom is ready to offer Saudi Arabia a range of nuclear energy services, which could include the construction of a nuclear power plant, supply of nuclear fuel and the construction of a research reactor unit, Rosatom chief Sergey Kirienko said.

    READ MORE: Russia and Saudi Arabia ink nuclear energy deal, exchange invites

  • 08:04 GMT

    Russia’s Rosneft oil giant and Venezuela’s PDVSA have signed a memorandum to jointly develop priority projects in Venezuela, Rosneft said in a statement.

  • 07:50 GMT

    Russia sees Latin America as a priority area for expanding cooperation, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the Spanish news agency EFE.

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