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APEC Summit: The West Has Lost Putin

On November 20, the APEC forum, the annual meeting of the presidents and heads of government of twenty-one states in the Asia-Pacific region, ended in Manila. The Russian Federation at the summit was represented not by Vladimir Putin, but by Dmitry Medvedev. The West, represented by the BBC, was nervous: “Why is there no Putin at the APEC summit?”

The APEC Summit in Manila, Philippine, was guarded round the clock by a whole line of policemen. Beggars and homeless Filipinos, who were always full in the city, were driven out of it. The media reported about twenty thousand of those expelled. It was delivered to the demonstrators who opposed globalization and liberalization. The protesters carrying the “Let's say no to the American liberalization!” And “Obama we are not happy!” Posters were dispersed by water cannons.

"Dozens of wounded, many now in the hospital," - commented on the dispersal of the rally "Vesti".

“On the reservation, in which the summit took place, this is all - understandable - not visible and not audible. Obama is chewing the cud again, the new Canadian prime minister, for whom such summits are still new, is chewing too, but he wraps it in paper before the beginning. ”

This time, the APEC agenda hardly corresponded to traditions this time: the situation in the world had changed, and it would be wrong to speak on economic topics alone. "We emphasize the urgent need to increase international cooperation in the fight against terrorism," - cite "Vesti" the final declaration of the forum.

APEC member states spoke about the terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut and the crash of a Russian airliner in Egypt. The forum participants called for the strengthening of international cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

“It is necessary to create a broad antiterrorist coalition as soon as possible,” Dmitry Medvedev quotes "TVNZ". - It is necessary to negotiate, and not argue, whether it is worth cooperating with the Russians, who are “behaving incorrectly”. These arguments seem to me immature and undignified. ”

In addition, the newspaper notes, D. Medvedev spoke about the discussion with the leaders of the APEC countries about the safety of Russian tourists: “They (the APEC countries) want to take Russian tourists and insist that they will take active measures to ensure security. Moreover, APEC also has enough problems, it is necessary to restore order. ” However, answering a journalist’s question about whether the Russian Federation can suspend flights from other countries besides Egypt, the prime minister said that this cannot be ruled out.

The media also reported that in Manila, in the sculpture garden, the Bear is now installed: as a sign of cooperation and partnership with the APEC, it was presented by Prime Minister Medvedev.

Not finding Putin on the forum, the British TV and Radio Company miserably "BBC". Journalist Artem Krechetnikov shared analysts' assumptions on this topic.

“Initially, two versions were put forward: a) Putin decided not to attend two events (the G20 summit in Ankara 15-16 in November and the APEC summit) for one week; b) because of bad relations with Barack Obama, Medvedev sent in his place to talk with the head of the White House.

The second version was refuted first by the presidential press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, and then by the course of events. At the summit in Turkey, Putin had no problems talking to both Obama and Cameron. But Medvedev in Manila will meet with the leaders of the states of Southeast Asia and Latin America. Each according to rank.

Andrei Suzdaltsev, deputy dean of the faculty of world politics at the Moscow Higher School of Economics, told Bi-bi-si that Putin’s employment hypothesis should not be rejected: “Of the two events, the G-20 summit is more important. APEC is a regional forum. In a situation where Russia is activating a campaign in the Middle East, it is often undesirable for Putin to leave Moscow for a long time, and the Philippines is much further than Turkey. President Hollande’s visit to Moscow is expected in the coming days, and we need to prepare for negotiations. ”

In short, the search for Putin at the summit and the "version" of why he will not come, and also why he needs to come, is nothing more than material for reasoning of various kinds of analysts and observers. It is necessary to write about something in the end. So they gave out the material under the “sensational” heading: “Why is there no Putin at the APEC summit?”

Russian observers give, in our opinion, a much more balanced assessment of the event and its significance.

For example, a political browser MIA "Russia Today" Dmitry Kosyrev writes that the APEC Leaders Week was “doomed to go almost unnoticed against the background of the war in the Middle East.”

The mechanism of the Asia-Pacific economic cooperation is not designed for informational sensations: the latter can appear to the world except on the margins of the forum where the highest leaders of the APEC states meet. And the leaders say there, "most often it is about business, with no relation to APEC."

“The events in Manila were nonetheless interesting, they showed that it was 2015-th year that became a turning point, critical for the entire Pacific integration project. Firstly, because the rivalry between the United States and China has intensified. Secondly, this happened because it was the last year that turned out to be economically problematic for the APR even beyond this rivalry. As a result, the question arises: will not the APEC mechanism itself become unnecessary, as it has actually happened to the G8, which went down to the G7 with the departure of Russia? ”

Journal "Expert" believes that "the organization's forum, within the framework of which it was supposed to take integration economic decisions important for the Asia-Pacific region, is becoming a platform for informal communication between the leaders of its member countries."

And this is hard to argue.

If the original goal of creating APEC was to advance the region towards maximum liberalization of trade and investment, then in the future many of the APEC countries departed from liberal values ​​and focused on protecting their economies. In addition, China in recent years has become the world's largest economy.

Moreover, the magazine reminds, China “initiated the own project of a tighter economic interaction between the APR countries and other developing economies, putting forward the concept of the New Silk Road and creating the Asian Development Bank.”

In turn, the United States this year formed (as an alternative to China’s plans) the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which united almost all the major economies of the region, except, of course, China and Russia.

“It is therefore quite natural that no specific decisions were made at the APEC summit, and in the final communiqué, the participants expressed concern that the growth of the global economy remains unstable, and poverty and inequality are a brake on economic growth. Speaking out for all the good and against all the bad things in the regional economy, the participants in the meeting actually signed in the absence of real economic agreements and even plans to conclude them. ”

As a result, we note in conclusion that the APEC forum has really turned into a platform for discussing the topical political situation. Probably, in the future, as in the present, journalists will become more interested in the meetings of the leaders of the countries “on the margins” of the summit, rather than the summit itself. That is why Western journalists have "lost" Putin now.

Observed and commented on Oleg Chuvakin
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  1. Salavatsky Ministry of Emergency Situations
    In Ufa, too, all the homeless were broken up before the BRICS and the SCO Summit. I traveled to Ufa in the service the day before the summit, so these homeless people stubbornly walked along the roads in the direction of Ufa, not knowing that it was impossible to enter the city - the police like fleas on a dog at all entrances.
    1. Xergey
      Xergey 24 November 2015 12: 59
      Dear Salavat Ministry of Emergency Situations, I wonder where the homeless people came from in the direction of Ufa, they couldn’t just take them out to the field and throw them away, they’ll usually close them to special receivers at such events. Maybe they sent an invitation to the summit, but you misunderstood? But to be honest, I travel around the region Orenburg, Bashkiria, Tatarstan, the Samara region, I have never seen a homeless people in crowds between cities, and why should they go, they will roll some nasty things off and on, and so they have it every day.
    2. Archon
      Archon 24 November 2015 14: 10
      It is very bad that they even exist. It would be better if they were moved to separate distant settlements. They want to survive - they will create an economy, but they do not want to - although they will not create unsanitary conditions in cities
  2. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 24 November 2015 07: 41
    Obama is chewing gum again, the new prime minister of Canada, for whom such summits are still new, also chewing

    So chewing trying to rule the world. Obama’s behavior at international meetings and Western feuds has not been criticized by anyone. But he stubbornly continues to show the whole world his complete neglect. Ambition, not upbringing, arrogance, excessive self-confidence and poor education in the end will destroy America.
    1. Sterlya
      Sterlya 24 November 2015 22: 28
      Quote: rotmistr60
      Obama is chewing gum again, the new prime minister of Canada, for whom such summits are still new, also chewing

      So chewing trying to rule the world. Obama’s behavior at international meetings and Western feuds has not been criticized by anyone. But he stubbornly continues to show the whole world his complete neglect. Ambition, not upbringing, arrogance, excessive self-confidence and poor education in the end will destroy America.

      So who could teach the Monkey manners?
  3. Zumich
    Zumich 24 November 2015 07: 47
    Dry phrases, followed by the hard, intense daily work of Russian politicians. Well done, calmly, persistently, day after day, defend our country. Obama against the background of other politicians, looks like a touchy capricious dropout. Apparently chewing gum, he disguises his jitters and increases self-esteem.
  4. Yurmix
    Yurmix 24 November 2015 09: 28
    Surname Putin is a world brand fellow . Different people have different actions when pronouncing Putin, the Abamka gulps involuntarily, the needles ask allah to punish the needles, but the sow generally prohibits the pronunciation of this word. Adequate people, as it were, did not have all the associations with Putin, only positive ones, let's hope that this continues in the future.
  5. Monster_Fat
    Monster_Fat 24 November 2015 09: 30
    All these "summits" and "conferences" are no longer interesting to anyone, primarily because nothing new is happening there - everyone continues to follow the "values" and "rules" imposed by the United States and the IMF, any timid attempts to change something in this plan is rigidly "suppressed" and obstructed as "not constructive". Therefore, all these "summits" are held in the following format: they came, shook hands, devoured, blah blah blah nothing, devoured, "once again confirmed their commitment", "constructive position", etc. bullshit, shook hands and parted ... That is why Putin sent "dummy" instead of himself to this worthless gathering ...
  6. Belousov
    Belousov 24 November 2015 10: 48
    I watched Medvedev's press conference and caught myself thinking, “How much does his face now resemble Chubais, especially when he doesn’t smile ...” His hair was also lightened + we already open his second chin. Dimon got drunk, oh got drunk. To settle him in the Kuril Islands, let him master and frighten the Japs. There will be some benefit from this ghoul.
  7. Valkh
    Valkh 24 November 2015 11: 17
    In Magadan !!!! Let there smartly grunts !!!
  8. Yes I am Russian
    Yes I am Russian 24 November 2015 11: 39
    which participants, such a summit.
  9. 9501294058
    9501294058 24 November 2015 12: 15
    Twenty years of hard work and a dead country [media = https: // List = 758af135a809e0fea5]
  10. 9501294058
    9501294058 24 November 2015 12: 17
  11. 16112014nk
    16112014nk 24 November 2015 15: 50
    APEC Summit - circus tent run by Karabas-Barabas (USA). So they sent a clown there - "iPhone"! Let the tongue work. tongue He trembles before Obama!
  12. v.yegorov
    v.yegorov 24 November 2015 17: 56
    The author could have titled the article "Just a talking shop. No text needed."
  13. Jinal
    Jinal 24 November 2015 22: 04
    BBC journalists are right, bored without Putin. But you won’t look at Medvedev without tears; externally and internally he looks like a representative of great Albania. Stanislavsky would say - I do not believe it!