Putin to Seek New Economic Order at Davos 28 January 2009 By Anatoly Medetsky / Staff Writer Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will call for a change in the world economic order and deliver his assessment of what caused the global economic debacle in an opening speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday night. While it would not be new if Putin blamed the United States for the crisis, his appearance at the five-day forum will mark the first time that a Russian prime minister attended the gathering of the world's political and business elite since Mikhail Kasyanov in 2002. In his remarks to 40 heads of state including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown at Davos, Putin will "express his attitude toward the causes of the crisis and the circumstances on the world arena ... that led to the crisis," his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday. Putin will call for changes to prevent a repetition of the global economic meltdown, tell about Russia's response to the current troubles and his vision of the international situation, and explain Russia's stance in the gas standoff with Ukraine earlier this month, Peskov said. Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko is also heading to the forum. Putin said in an interview published on the Cabinet's web site Tuesday that he was looking forward to attending Davos. "I think the history of international economic relations has not witnessed anything like that [the economic crisis]. That's why joint work in venues like this is, in my view, is in high demand," he said.