ST. PETERSBURG, October 7. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted an informal summit of CIS leaders in the Konstantinovsky Palace near St. Petersburg on his 70th birthday.
The meeting was attended by President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rakhmon, President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedow, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, and Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan. Spokesman for the President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov said earlier that the head of state will not be able to attend the summit.
According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, the October 7 talks will be an important step in preparation for the CIS summit that will take place in Astana next week. Formally, the event protocol does not provide for a "festive flavor," the spokesman said.
Putin almost never took days off on his birthdays, instead spending them at work. Several times, major international summits took place on October 7, in which Putin participated. For example, Putin celebrated his 50th birthday in 2002 during a CIS summit in Chisinau; in 2013, he accepted congratulations from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders during a summit in Bali, Indonesia.
From time to time, his schedule brings him to his hometown of St. Petersburg, where he not only accepts congratulations, but also has business meetings and negotiations on his birthdays.