The commander of the crew of the 55th expedition to the ISS, cosmonaut and Hero of Russia Anton Shkaplerov, returning from the expedition to the International Space Station, delivered to the Earth the flag of the YIEF Foundation, the organizer of the Yalta International Economic Forum, which is one of the four largest economic forums in Russia.
The flag was delivered to the ISS at the beginning of the year. Before the IV YIEF cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Oleg Artemiev unrolled the symbol of the forum and recorded a video greeting to the participants of the business event. The symbol of the Yalta International Economic Forum which was returned to the Earth will be stored at the office of the "YIEF" Foundation.
"Oleg Artemiev brought the flag to the ISS. We recorded a greeting video for YIEF participants with the Forum’s opening in front of the flag. Then I brought the flag back to Earth, took it to the Space capsule," said Anton Shkaplerov .
In the greeting to the participants of the forum, Anton Shkaplerov noted that the Crimea is a country of great natural and cultural heritage. "I hope the Yalta International Economic Forum will make a valuable contribution to the consolidation and development of the positive trends that are currently taking place in the Crimea, and will also promote the implementation of new useful initiatives," the cosmonaut said.
The flight engineer of the crew, Hero of Russia Oleg Artemiev was thanked the organizers of the business area. "We wish the participants of the forum to maintain the momentum, multiply the rich experience of international and interregional cooperation," the cosmonaut noted.
The YIEF Foundation was established in 2015 as an operator of the Yalta International Economic Forum. The co-founders of the fund are the Proxy Centre, the State Autonomous Institution "Business and Cultural Center of the Republic of Crimea", as well as the All Russia Public Organization "Business Russia".