Foreign guests coming to St. Petersburg during the city's 300th anniversary celebrations are mainly coming on official business, according to Valentina Matvienko, the new presidential envoy in the North-West Federal District. 45 heads of state and leading international organisations are coming for the anniversary.
Matvienko said that 'an EU-Russia summit, whose content is very important for Russia,' will take place during the anniversary celebrations. There will also be a 'serious CIS summit in St. Petersburg.' In addition, there will be a number of bilateral meetings of heads of state. 'Any participation by the guests in celebrations will be of secondary importance,' said Matvienko.
Russian officials have repeatedly declared that Israeli aviation poses a threat to the Russian military in Syria.