Lingering rain and strong gusty wind blowing from the Neva River could not disturb the first meeting of participants of the St. Petersburg summit which is beginning by the Bronze Horseman, the memorial to the founding of St. Petersburg. According to Rosbalt the members of the delegation are meeting leaders of more than 30 countries under white and blue umbrellas.
A scaffold was constructed around the monument and covered with light blue tapis. A carpet was laid stretching from the Bronze Horseman toward the Admiralteiskaya embankment of the Neva River.
President Vladimir Putin with his wife, who was wearing a warm coat, arrived at the dock of the Neva River in a white and red boat renovated passenger boat called the 'Meteor.' Leaving the deck of the ship, Putin began to meet guests of the city in the rain.