Putin to address nation on coronavirus

Putin to address nation on coronavirus
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  • calendar-gray 25 March 2020

Russian President Vladimir Putin will deliver his address to the Russian citizens over the coronavirus on Wednesday, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, APA reports citing TASS.

The address will be broadcast on television at 3 p.m. Moscow Time.

"Today the president’s schedule was changed: he is canceling his flight to St. Petersburg to stay in Moscow. Now he is working and in the coming hours he will complete the work on the text of his address to the citizens," Peskov said.

The Kremlin spokesman explained that this decision was made after an hours-long meeting on Tuesday on the epidemiological situation and a meeting with the leadership of the government, the Central Bank and the presidential administration to discuss support for citizens and national economy amid "the challenging global economic situation caused by the coronavirus outbreak."

"Now the president is completing the work on the address, it will be broadcast on television in the coming hours," Peskov noted.

Earlier, Putin was scheduled to pay a working visit to the Northwestern Federal District. "Tomorrow we are still planning to go to St. Petersburg, the program for tomorrow will be fulfilled there," Peskov said.

Putin is planning to take part in the G20 leaders’ video conference on the coronavirus on Thursday, Peskov told reporters. The event will be held at the initiative of Saudi Arabia, which is presiding over the G20.

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