The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Vladivostok was wrapped up. Summarizing the forum at the press conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that it was a success and that the forum goals have been accomplished in full. The head of state defined further development of relations with the countries that generate 55 percent of the world GDP as a priority for Russia. Vladimir Putin also expressed his gratitude to the builders and to Primorie residents for the preparation for and assistance in summit events.
The Vladivostok meeting has changed the conventional image of APEC forums because all events of this dimension have been taking place in the world largest economic centers before. The key facilities had to be built literally from scratch in the capital of Primorie. According to Vladimir Putin, the region has a huge potential for development, and great attention was given to the infrastructure projects.
“It is no accident that we decided to host the APEC Summit right here, in Vladivostok. Being a host country, we could have held the summit in Moscow, or, say, in Ekaterinburg. However, we have decided to hold it here in order to give a development impetus to the region,” explained Vladimir Putin.
Vladivostok has been stunningly transformed during preparation for the APEC Summit. About 50 large-scale projects have been built as part of the preparation for the international forum. Two giant bridges, over the Golden Horn Bay and over the Eastern Bosphorus Strait have become the logos of the city. The forum guests have used the world largest stay cable bridge to get to the Russky Island. And they were very much impressed. Even the Chinese leader, reserved Hu Jintao, was gesticulating quite visibly without concealing his admiration looking at the Russky Bridge.
Vladimir Putin was asked a question that is very important for all Primorie residents on the very first day of the summit.
“First of all, being a motorist, I would like to thank you very much for the bridges. We, the residents, have been waiting for them for a long time. Here is my question. How will financing of Primorie change after the summit has ended? Will it decrease significantly?” asked Maksim Ananiev, a representative of the city community.
“Vladivostok residents have been waiting for these bridges since the year 1903! It seems to me that the first postcards with a bridge image were issued in 1903 … They showed the bridge like people dreamed at that time, like the one that has been just built! Well, the project implementation cycles can be very protracted in Russia,” replied the President with a sense of humor. “However, if we do something, we would do something special. You can see that the bridge over the Eastern Bosphorus Strait has the world largest span over the sea. The most advanced technologies were used including space-based technologies, and the bridge has a large quantity of sensors. The bridge health is continuously monitored by satellite-based systems in real time, every second. I hope that everything will function there as it was conceived by the designers and builders.”
The President disproved the opinion that everything on the Russky Island where the APEC Summit took place was built with the only purpose of receiving the heads of government in a luxurious environment.
“We have been building this state-of-the art center for three years not only in order to receive the heads of government in a luxurious environment. I know many of them personally and, believe me, this is not what is important for them. The country leaders value the business-like atmosphere of the forum first and foremost. At the same time, we have invested hundreds of billions of rubles in the development of Vladivostok and Russky Island and in the infrastructure development and we will carry on.