November 12, 2015 / 9:46 AM / 2 years ago

Russia's Putin has decided to miss APEC summit in Manila: spokesman

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin has decided not to attend a summit of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation nations in Manila and Russia will be represented there instead by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, a Kremlin spokesman said on Thursday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting, dedicated to the preparations of Russian athletes for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, in Sochi, Russia, November 11, 2015. REUTERS/Aleksey Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

The spokesman said the decision was taken because Medvedev had a series of meetings planned in the region anyway.

Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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