Russia: Putin receives French miniature gift during SPIEF panel

SOT, Vladimir Putin, President of Russia (Russian): «We can add a double-headed eagle to this thing as well.» SOT, Aleksander Shokhin, President of Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (Russian): «The preliminary variant is a double-headed rooster.» *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE* Russian President Vladimir Putin was presented a miniature gift on behalf of French enterprises during... Еще a session with French President Emanuel Macron at the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Friday. Movement of the Enterprises of France (MEDEF) Pierre Gattaz gave Putin what has been reported to be a miniature Gallic rooster — the symbol of France — coupled with a miniature French flag. President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs Aleksander Shokhin, who moderated the panel, then jokingly asked to change the sequence of the tricolore to make it look more Russian. «We can add a double-headed eagle to this thing as well,» Putin remarked, eliciting laughter from the audience. Speaking during the panel, Putin said that Russia was «not going to close gas transit through Ukraine if it is going to be economically efficient.» Macron in turn commented on Franco-Russian trade relations, lauding the French enterprises that stayed in Russia even during the 2009/10 recession. Held annually since 1997, and under the auspices of the Russian president since 2005, SPIEF is a leading business event for the global economic sector. The forum brings together the heads of international organisations, well-known public figures, leading academics, experts and the media.

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