MOSCOW, Nov 7 (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Wednesday the Davos world economic forum was undermining itself by not allowing Russian businessmen Oleg Deripaska, Viktor Vekselberg and Andrei Kostin to attend.
The Financial Times reported on Tuesday that the men had been told to stay away from the event in January amid wariness over dealing with businessmen under sanctions from Washington.
"The Davos forum became the Davos forum thanks to such businessmen," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call. "By rejecting such businessmen, the forum is hacking its own base." (Reporting by Tom Balmforth, Vladimir Soldatkin, Olzhas Auyezov Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg)