The Kremlin revealed on Saturday that journalists from countries deemed "unfriendly" by Russia wouldn't be allowed to participate in this year's St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), APA reports citing Teletrader.
Often called Russia's "Davos" due to similarities with the World Economic Forum annually held in Switzerland, Russia used it to showcase its economy to foreign investors for more than 25 years.
"It has indeed been decided this time not to accredit publications from unfriendly countries to the SPIEF. Interest in SPIEF is always great, all other journalists will work on the site," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian media TASS.
The forum is scheduled to take place between June 14 and 17.