SAINT PETERSBURG: Russian President Vladimir Putin will look to refashion himself as a more reliable partner for the West as Moscow struggles to come in from the cold at its flagship economic forum in Saint Petersburg.
Putin will host European Union Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker and Italian premier Matteo Renzi at the conference starting Thursday just weeks before the 28-nation bloc is set to vote on extending sanctions on Moscow over the Ukraine crisis that have helped push Russia's economy into recession.
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