MOSCOW, 11 Dec — RIA Novosti. The Minister of economic development of Russia Alexei Ulyukayev said that the election of Donald trump President of the United States is a good opportunity for withdrawal from Russia Western economic sanctions.
“I can only say that opens a “window of opportunity” (“window of opportunity”- ed.). And we’ll take it,” — said Ulyukayev to the question of the journalist of the newspaper Welt about the possibility of withdrawing from Russia the American and European sanctions after winning trump in the election. The Ministry also noted that a lot depends on how the parties will seize this opportunity.
“Russia no one else has bet and nobody gave preferences. But there is a possibility that trump free from those obligations, which took over Hillary Clinton, because it was included in the current decision-making system,” — said Ulyukayev in an interview.
However, the Minister of economic development of the Russian Federation cautioned against euphoria.
“I remember with great expectations, when eight years ago he was elected Barack Obama. The result then was completely different,” — he stressed.
According to Ulyukayev, the Russian economy was able to adapt to the sanctions. “Fortunately, the economy has learned to survive in various conditions and even these. And so for us, the sanctions are symbolic. In the first year they have hurt us, not now,” said he.
The Minister believes that Europe is divided in opinion regarding sanctions. “At the national level, there are these good intentions at least in most countries so-called old Europe. But in the new EU countries, all a little different,” he said, adding that Brussels, the initiative “is suppressed by the bureaucracy”.
In US elections November 8, trump was elected President, he assumes office on 20 January 2017.
Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated over the situation in Ukraine. At the end of July 2014, the EU and the USA from the point of sanctions against certain individuals and companies have moved to measures against entire sectors of the Russian economy. In response, Russia restricted imports of food products from countries that have imposed sanctions against her.