The President of Russia Vladimir Putin at a Congress of the Russian Union of Industrialists and entrepreneurs March 24, 2016
At a closed meeting of the President Vladimir Putin with the business, which was held today in the framework of the Congress of the RSPP in Moscow, the President was asked a question about what to do with assets in Ukraine — to sell or leave, told RBC three-party meeting. In response, Putin “said that while there is hope for normalization of relations, you can wait”. But “everyone must decide for himself”, said the President, in the words of one of the participants.
“He [Putin] also said that there [in Ukraine] in the financial and banking sector pressure felt — one situation, and in the industrial asset may be different. But nevertheless, his assessment was “to be patient, to understand, how will the events develop”, — says one of the interlocutors of RBC.
According to another source, Putin encouraged Russian businessmen to sell Ukrainian assets. The President made it clear that the government there may change, but business and Ukraine will remain, retells the content of the discussion is a businessman.
According to the CBR, as of 1 October 2015, the balances of direct investment from Russia into the Ukrainian economy amounted to $2,17 billion, including $1.48 billion participation in the capital of companies.
In addition, Putin spoke about the relations with the USA, told participants in a closed meeting. The President said that, in his opinion, further strengthening of confrontation is not to be expected and gradually relations with the United States will improve. According to the interlocutor of RBC, Putin spoke about the weakening of the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Minsk agreements, which he cannot perform to the fullest.
Not without talking about Syria. Putin as telling the meeting, said that Russia decided to halt its military operations in Syria, because “the situation there is stabilized”.
After meeting with businessmen Vladimir Putin has gone on meeting with U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry, who arrived in Moscow with a third in the last year visit.