15 June 2016, 12:53 GMT
ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) — The SPIEF-2016 will be held on June 16-18. The forum is organized annually and attended by business representatives and officials from dozens of countries.
"We see countries breaking ties and building new walls or barriers. History tells us that this is not the right direction for Europe. We need to strengthen ties and build bridges instead of walls," Ban said at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.