More than 20 countries will participate next month in sports tournaments organized on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) 2023 in Russia, the Roscongress Foundation announced in a statement on Friday.
Aleksandar Vučić’s Serbia and Viktor Orban’s Hungary certainly cannot be absent from this event boycotted by the Western world.
According to the statement, “Athletes from 20 countries from four parts of the world will participate in the competition, including China, Brazil, Serbia, Hungary, Slovakia, Egypt and others.”
Anton Kobyakov, an advisor to the Russian president and CEO of the EEF organizing committee, was quoted in the statement. The EEF Sports Games are being developed as a platform for international cooperation.
The Eastern Economic Forum will be held in Vladivostok from September 10 to 13. Last year, over 7,000 participants from 68 countries and territories attended the EEF. The largest foreign delegations came from China, Myanmar, Mongolia, India, Armenia and the Republic of Korea.
Serbia refused to impose sanctions on Russia because of its traditional alliance with Russia.
Among the countries in the region, Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, northern Macedonia, and Croatia have condemned Russia’s attack on Ukraine. Kosovo has joined the United States and the European Union in imposing sanctions against Russia.
Meanwhile, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina are the only ones that have not condemned Russian aggression.
Due to the aggression against Ukraine, Russia was excluded from the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
Despite the change in protocol, some Russian and Belarusian athletes could still compete in Paris despite their countries’ involvement in the war against Ukraine.
In addition, many political or economic forums have been boycotted by many Western countries in Russia over this issue.
Even Putin’s last summit with leaders of African countries was poorly attended, despite his attempt to strengthen relations with those countries./The Geopost/