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15-bln-euro contracts signed at Russian economic forum: Kremlin aide

06-21-2010 08:23 BJT

MOSCOW, June 20 (Xinhua) -- More than 50 investment deals have been sealed during the International Economic Forum concluded at St. Petersburg one day earlier, with the total value exceeding 15 billion euros (18.5 billion U.S. dollars), Russian presidential aide Arkady Dvorkovich said Sunday.

"According to preliminary estimates the total sum of investment agreements and contracts signed during the forum stands at 250 billion rubles (8 billion dollars), including the 190 billion rubles (6 billion dollars) or 5 billion euros that the president mentioned at the forum's final plenary session," Dvorkovich told reporters, adding that these sums are fixed.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday that contracts worth more than 6.18 billion dollars had been signed during the three-day annual event.

Some other agreements, including a merger and a shares reallocation were also signed at the forum, said Dvorkovich. He particularly mentioned a deal between Russian energy giant Gazprom and French energy companies on joining Nord Stream and South Stream gas projects.

"A total value of these agreements is about 120 billion rubles (4 billion dollars)," Dvorkovich said.

Besides, there are still several agreements "which include orders for production of various products" worth 6 billion dollars, he said.

"It is not entirely correct to sum all these figures. But if you still try to draw a total amount of various agreements, that were signed, it exceeds 15 billion euros (18.5 billion dollars)," he said.

The 14th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum has brought together top politicians and businessmen from Russia and other countries to discuss the problems faced by Europe, the global financial crisis, Russia's future, and the structure of pension systems.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: Xinhua

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