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MOSCOW, May 21 (Itar-Tass) - More than 80 votes are needed for Russia to have its city of Yekaterinburg win a bid to host EXPO-2020, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich told journalists on Tuesday.
“Work is being done in this direction. We have good chances,” he said. “But to win the bid we yet have a lot to do by November. We must win more than 80 votes.”
Dvorkovich heads the EXPO-2020 steering committee. The key topic of the Russian bid is the idea of global mind.
World fairs, or world universal exposition (spelled expo for short) are held once every five years under the auspices of the Bureau of International Expositions. Yekaterinburg’s rivals to host the expo in 2020 are the United Arab Emirates’ Dubai, Turkey’s Izmir, Thailand’s Ayutthaya, and Brazil’s Sao Paolo. The voting will be held in November 2013. Russia has been participating in world fairs since the first one held in London in 1851 but so far it has hosted none.