U.S. will tighten economic sanctions on Russia, despite the statements of the congressmen, the Executive would be flexible in this matter, said Fins news the head of the American chamber of Commerce in Russia Alexis Rodzianko.
"These dangers - it seems to me, because It's a PR: what if will be worse (in Ukraine), will be worse (in relations between the US And Russia). It's like trying to steer events in the right direction. But it seems that the appetite nor in Europe, nor the USA for additional penalties in the current situation, And she seriously will not change, no. I don't expect it, " said Rodzianko on the sidelines of SPIEF.
before the Minister of Finance of the USA Jacob Lew said that Washington is ready to toughen penalties against Russia in the event that it considers the actions of the failures of the Minsk agreements on Ukraine. The U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt also said that if Russia did not comply with " the obligations it has assumed by signing the Minsk consensus ", the West will lift the " economic price ".
"The congressmen his word has already said, they had a law that It is a recommendation. This means that the decision rests with the Executive branch, the President. And flexibility of these decisions is maintained. It would be defined in the act, It is very difficult to change. And so This means common sense prevails as long as, " said Rodzianko.
He clarified that he did not know, how will the events develop in Ukraine, " But if, hopefully, there will be peace, if, hopefully, agree On a decision, Of a better future for Ukraine, I think that These issues will be removed ".
Assessing the Prospects for investment in Russia, Rodzianko said that " all businessmen, And American, always assess the risks, weigh them." And now, despite the overall unfavourable situation " appeared And interest because assets in Russia due to the fall of the ruble lost value ".
"Prospects for Russia - have been And are. The situation has changed a bit, " said Rodzianko.
He expressed hope that the Russian side will also take the necessary steps to improve the investment climate.
"The fact that the Russian Federation itself can do for yourself: It would be good to see more vigorous structural reforms ", - said the head of the American chamber of Commerce.
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Western countries since March 2014 several times already imposed penalties because Russia's position on Ukraine. The last case of the use of such practices were the limits imposed in March 2015, when expanded sanctions List of the USA.
The list of Russian citizens And organizations who have fallen under the punishment - in the material of the Fins news