"In light of the U.S. government's requirements,
Alcoa has adjusted its attendance at the St. Petersburg
International Economic Forum and will participate via its most
senior Russian executives," Alcoa said in an emailed statement.
Asked whether U.S. officials had urged Alcoa not to send its top
executive to the event, a company spokeswoman confirmed that
At Thursday's daily White House press briefing, spokesman Jay
Carney was asked about efforts by administration officials to
urge executives not to attend the forum.
Carney confirmed officials had been discussing the event with
business leaders, and had made it clear that attending would not
be appropriate given "flagrant violations of a sovereign
nation's territorial integrity."
The forum is Russia's main annual economic conference and is
used to attract new investors into the country.
The United States and the European Union imposed more sanctions
on Russia this week as part of their drive to put pressure on
Moscow over the annexation of Crimea and what they see as direct
support for pro-Russian separatists that have seized public
buildings across eastern Ukraine.
(Editing by Ros Krasny, Steve Orlofsky and Meredith Mazzilli)
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