By Ria Novosti
A concluding senior officials’ meeting opened on Sunday the 2012 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit Russia’s Far East.
The APEC summit is taking place on the Russky Island in the city of Vladivostok in Russia’s Primorye Region on September 2 to 9.
“I’m really pleased to welcome you to this beautiful city of Vladivostok. We are now at Russky Island where our Leaders will get together in just less then one week,” Igor Morgulov, a Russian deputy foreign minister, said opening the meeting.
This is the first time Russia, an APEC member since 1998, is hosting the summit of the group, created in 1989 to promote economic cooperation among the countries and regions – such as Taipei and Hong Kong – of the Pacific Rim.