Economic sanctions of the West against Russia have the opportunity to give Russian entrepreneurs more chances, for example, lead to the diversification of agriculture, told reporters Consul General of Germany in Kaliningrad Michael Banzhaf, who assumed his duties in the last month of summer.
Relations between Russia and the West deteriorated in connection with the situation in Ukraine. At the end of July 2014, the EU and the US said the punishment against entire sectors of Russia's economy. In response, Russia restricted imports of food items from countries that have entered against her punishment.
"of course, punishment was influenced in some degree on the Relations between Germany and the Kaliningrad region. But, on the reverse side, they offer additional chances, we should pay attention. For example, if you take agriculture, it increases the probability of the cast to the diversification of Russian agriculture, which, for their part, have the opportunity to help German farmers, " said Banzhaf.
The head of the diplomatic mission of Germany in Kaliningrad said that Relations between Germany and the Kaliningrad oblast is wonderful in all areas, and most areas of collaboration is not affected by the punishment. Banzhaf added that a small decrease in the number issued to the German Russians visas is associated only with the trading ability because of the low exchange rate of the ruble.
"We agreed to continue our warm Relations that were created by the forerunners in the development of youth exchange, cultural exchange, to create a favorable business rules. I expect that investors from Germany, who traditionally conduct our own business in our region, I feel quite confident, " said the Governor of the region Nikolay Tsukanov.
according to the information of North-Western customs administration, foreign trade turnover of the objects of the region with Germany in the first quarter of 2015 amounted to more than 1 billion and has increased over the same period of 2014 in 2, 2 times, and among them, the exports amounted to 935 million dollars, import - 122, 8 million dollars.