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“If I have to go to a group of workers and I say the future is in the East, there will be more Jasmine Revolutions by the day,” he said, referring to the ouster of Tunisia’s president this month after weeks of protests over joblessness and corruption.

Later Wednesday, the five-day meeting features a keynote address Wednesday evening by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who postponed his planned arrival by a day after a suicide bombing killed 35 people in the country’s busiest airport amid lax security.

The topic of Medvedev’s speech hasn’t been shared, but given the intense security surrounding the meeting, and the fact that terrorism remains an issue of both political and commercial concern, his audience is expected to listen keenly to what Mr. Medvedev has to say.

Dan Perry and Matt Moore contributed to this report.