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Putin to address Russian people at coronavirus meeting after 3 pm

The Kremlin representative would not announce any details, urging people to wait for the meeting

MOSCOW, April 28. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin is planning to deliver an address to the nation at the meeting with regions centered on coronavirus developments and measures to prevent it, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

"Indeed, President Putin has a big address [to the nation], it is true," Peskov answered a question whether a new address should be expected due to the coronavirus spread fears.

The Kremlin representative did not announce any details, urging people to wait for the meeting which is scheduled to begin between 15:00 and 16:00 Moscow time.

Peskov underlined that the meeting will be fully accessible to the public as held via a video conference with all governors of all regions. "All heads of [Russian] regions will be online. Putin will deliver an opening statement," Peskov added.

"They will, of course, talk about hospital beds for regions and the overall readiness of the medical infrastructure in accordance with the previously set goals," the spokesman emphasized. He then added that the Russian leader will come up with his assessment of the situation and short-term prospects. "It is a big meeting, a very important one," he pointed out.