Putin called up President Aquino to discuss his inability to attend APEC
summit – Palace
MANILA, Nov. 13 (PNA) – Malacanang has confirmed that President Vladimir
Putin called President Benigno Aquino III last Thursday night to discuss the
Russian leader’s inability to attend the 2015 Asia Pacific Economic
Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Meeting slated Nov. 17 to 20 at the Philippine
International Convention Center (PICC).
”President Putin discussed with President Aquino the reasons for his
inability to attend the APEC Summit to which President Aquino replied that
he understood fully well the issues that are confronting the Russian
government,” Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a media
briefing on Friday.
”He (President Aquino) also understands the need of President Putin to stay
in his country to ensure that the reasons behind some of their domestic
issues are fully investigated and threshed out,” she added.
Valte was referring to the ongoing investigation of the Russian plane that
crashed last October 31 in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, killing all the 224
people on board.
Valte said the two leaders also discussed “matters related to the
Philippines and Russia bilateral cooperation.
”The Russian delegation will be headed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev,”
The Malacanang Palace also expressed regret that Indonesia President Joko
Widodo will not also be able to attend the APEC Summit.
”We are awaiting formal confirmation from our friends in the Indonesian
government on their representative to be sent to the summit next week,”
”It is quite regretful that President Joko Widodo will be most likely be
unable to attend the summit. We understand that the pressing matters back
home require his immediate attention,” she added.
Except for Putin and Widodo, all the leaders of the 21-nation APEC have
confirmed their attendance in the next week’s APEC Summit. (PNA)