Rudy Giuliani has withdrawn from a paid, planned appearance at a Russia-backed trade conference that is expected to attend Vladimir Putin and other senior Russian officials.
Until Friday evening, Giuliani was scheduled to appear on October 1 at a two-day conference in Armenia, sponsored by Russia and the Moscow-based Eurasian Economic Union, which Putin founded in 2014 as a counterpart for the European Union.
According to the conference program, the panel entitled & # 39; Digital Financial Technologies – New Opportunities for Integrating Eurasian Continent Payment Systems in Transport Logistics & # 39 ;, is moderated by Sergey Glazyev, who is described as the & # 39; President of the Russian Federation. & # 39;
Rudy Giuliani (photo) suddenly withdrew from a planned appearance on October 1 during an event sponsored by the Eurasian Economic Union in Armenia. The EEU was made by Vladimir Putin in 2014
Glazyev was subjected to American sanctions after Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2014.
The Washington Post reported that Giuliani had initially confirmed to them that he intended to appear at the conference on Friday morning.
When asked if it was appropriate for him to attend the conference, given that he was embroiled in the whistleblower report on President Trump's telephone conversation with President Volodymyr Zelensky, Giuliani reportedly said: “I will try deliberately with talk to a Russian until this is all over. & # 39;
Although he did not reveal how much he would be paid for appearing on the panel, Giuliani – the only American on the program – confirmed that he would be reimbursed for his time and that the money would go to my company. is going.
The program of the event mentioned Giuliani as & # 39; chairman, Giuliani Security and Safety & # 39 ;.
After withdrawing from the panel he was about to talk about, Giuliani claimed that he did not know that Sergei Glazyev (left) and Putin (right) were also scheduled for the conference. Glazyev was Putin's top adviser until August and is tipped as Putin's successor
Earlier Friday, Giuliani (left, with Trump) said he was still planning to attend the conference, although his name was only a few days in advance linked to the whistleblower report about President Trump's phone call to President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky .
The program of the conference, with Giuliani, would be a keynote speaker on a panel moderated by Glazyev. Before canceling, Giuliani said he would be paid for his appearance
Giuliani said he wasn't watching the program and didn't know Putin would be there either
Following the news in the newspaper that he was planning to travel to Armenia for the conference starting Monday, Giuliani made a face and canceled his appearance a few hours later.
During an interview about his decision to withdraw from the conference, Giuliani's excuse seemed to be that he & # 39; did not know that Putin would go & # 39 ;. He would also have sent an SMS to a reporter stating: & # 39; Discretion is the best part of courage & # 39 ;.
The conference program – available online and written in English – clearly states that Putin will appear during the closing ceremony, which takes place on the same day as the panel on which Giuliani would appear.
Giuliani told the Washington Post that he & # 39; had never seen the website & # 39; and thought he was just speaking at an Armenian security conference & # 39 ;.
Giuliani also denied that he knew that Glazyev – who was Putin's best adviser until August and would stand in line as the successor to the Russian president – also appeared on the same panel for which he was planned.
This, despite Giuliani appearing at the same conference in 2018, on a panel whose Glazyev was listed as moderating. Giuliani was also shown on stage near a sitting Glazyev.
On Thursday, Giuliani told the Washington Post that he also did not know that Glazyev would be on the 2018 panel that, when he found out, & # 39; the head of my security detail (to the organizers) said: & # 39; The mayor is just going to make a speech and leave, and if you don't like it, you ruin it, & Giuliani said.
Giuliani said he could not remember whether he and Glazyev spoke at the time. When he was depressed, Giuliani apparently introduced sarcasm while saying: & # 39; I was talking about Russian collusion & # 39; and & # 39; He helped me resolve the matter. & # 39;
A spokesperson for the conference said Putin, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong are scheduled to attend the conference. The spokesperson did not comment on Giuliani.
Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia are members of the Eurasian Economic Union.
Neither the White House nor the Ministry of Foreign Affairs commented on Giuliani's planned appearance at the conference, but current and former White House assistants told the newspaper that Giuliani did not know or have appeared with the administration.
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