21 Mar 2018 14:26

Putin to have several int'l phone calls on Wed - Peskov

MOSCOW. March 21 (Interfax) - Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov has told reporters about the president's schedule for Wednesday.

He said Putin will continue accepting congratulations on his re-election as president on Wednesday afternoon.

"Several phone conversations are scheduled for today. By the way, they will continue tomorrow, most likely in the morning," Peskov said.

Before that, Putin is scheduled to have several working meetings, including with Sberbank CEO Herman Gref, Peskov said.

"You saw that he met with the heads of large companies that are backbones in their sectors, including those with state capital, in the past few months to discuss the results of their economic activities in 2017 and understand the main areas of future development," Peskov said.

Putin plans to meet with, among others, Alexei Borodavkin, the newly appointed ambassador to Kazakhstan, he said.

"He is our outstanding diplomat, and it's an extremely important area of work. This is one of our priority allies," Peskov said.

Personal relations between the leaders of the two countries and their consistent policy of "further integration activity and the development of bilateral cooperation" play an important role in this context, Peskov said.

"The interaction between Russia and Kazakhstan in the integration processes in the space of the former Soviet Union play a significant role," he said.