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Russia Threatens To Boycott Davos Meeting If Tycoons Kept Away

Oleg Deripaska (left) attends a forum in Davos in 2013.

Russia says it will consider boycotting the upcoming World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, if Russian tycoons are kept out of the prestigious gathering.

"If all these decisions that have been made in relation to Russian business representatives are not changed, then we will have to make a decision regarding the cancelation of participation in the Davos forum of state employees and Russian companies where the state has a stake," Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on November 13.

The Davos forum takes place in January and is attended by international political and business leaders.

It was reported earlier that several Russian billionaires blacklisted by the United States, including Oleg Deripaska and Viktor Vekselberg, had been asked not to attend the event.

The decision was made under pressure from Washington, Britain's Financial Times newspaper has reported, citing unnamed sources familiar with the issue.

Russian tycoons were subjected to U.S. sanctions earlier this year as Washington seeks to punish Russia for what it calls "malign activities," including alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Based on reporting by TASS and AFP