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Russia: Putin launches Russian bid for Expo 202002:25

Russia: Putin launches Russian bid for Expo 2020

Russian Federation, Ekaterinbug
June 13, 2013 at 09:34 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Putin launches Russian bid for Expo 2020

Russian president Vladimir Putin made a rare speech to press in English on Wednesday as he launched Ekaterinburg's bid to host Expo 2020 at the International Exhibitions Bureau's (BIE) 153rd General Assembly.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to greet members and guests of the General Assembly of the International Exhibitions Bureau," said Mr. Putin. "Russia has a long and rich experience of participation in the World Expo movement. We took part in the very first universal exhibition in London in 1851. And at the Paris exhibition in 1900 our pavilion won the coveted Gold Medal and Grand Prix. But in all this time, Russia has not hosted the World Expo, not once. Surely, time has come to change this."

"So, we proudly submit our bid to host World Expo 2020 in Yekaterinburg - a dynamic and promising city. Our bid's organising committee has the full backing of the Russian government. We guarantee: it will be a priority national project. We are going to build a massive state-of-the-art complex with the capacity to host 30 million visitors over the course of the event. We plan to allocate all the necessary funding for its construction."

"I am confident: we shall welcome guests from 150 nations of the world with pride and dignity. Now, once again I would like to make this very clear: Russia guarantees to fulfil the complete range of requirements set by the International Exhibitions Bureau. In particular, we are preparing a special programme of support for developing countries. This will enable around ninety countries to freely participate in the Expo, completely free of charge."

"I can assure you that our grand-scale plans for 2020 will be delivered if Yekaterinburg is given the honour to host World Expo 2020. Thank you for your attention, and I hope for your support."

Among other cities competing for the chance to host the exhibition are Dubai, Sao Paulo, Izmir and Ayutthaya in Thailand.

First held in London's Crystal Palace exhibition ground in 1851, the global fair is intended to show off the best of a country's science and engineering accomplishments, while giving an insight into the host culture. International partners will also be invited to attend with display's of their nation's achievements. The Expo 2020 host city is due to be chosen by vote by the BIE assembly in Paris in November.

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Russia: Putin launches Russian bid for Expo 2020

Russian president Vladimir Putin made a rare speech to press in English on Wednesday as he launched Ekaterinburg's bid to host Expo 2020 at the International Exhibitions Bureau's (BIE) 153rd General Assembly.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to greet members and guests of the General Assembly of the International Exhibitions Bureau," said Mr. Putin. "Russia has a long and rich experience of participation in the World Expo movement. We took part in the very first universal exhibition in London in 1851. And at the Paris exhibition in 1900 our pavilion won the coveted Gold Medal and Grand Prix. But in all this time, Russia has not hosted the World Expo, not once. Surely, time has come to change this."

"So, we proudly submit our bid to host World Expo 2020 in Yekaterinburg - a dynamic and promising city. Our bid's organising committee has the full backing of the Russian government. We guarantee: it will be a priority national project. We are going to build a massive state-of-the-art complex with the capacity to host 30 million visitors over the course of the event. We plan to allocate all the necessary funding for its construction."

"I am confident: we shall welcome guests from 150 nations of the world with pride and dignity. Now, once again I would like to make this very clear: Russia guarantees to fulfil the complete range of requirements set by the International Exhibitions Bureau. In particular, we are preparing a special programme of support for developing countries. This will enable around ninety countries to freely participate in the Expo, completely free of charge."

"I can assure you that our grand-scale plans for 2020 will be delivered if Yekaterinburg is given the honour to host World Expo 2020. Thank you for your attention, and I hope for your support."

Among other cities competing for the chance to host the exhibition are Dubai, Sao Paulo, Izmir and Ayutthaya in Thailand.

First held in London's Crystal Palace exhibition ground in 1851, the global fair is intended to show off the best of a country's science and engineering accomplishments, while giving an insight into the host culture. International partners will also be invited to attend with display's of their nation's achievements. The Expo 2020 host city is due to be chosen by vote by the BIE assembly in Paris in November.