German businessmen met with Lavrov in Moscow and Shuvalov

Moscow, November 5 was visited by a delegation of business circles of Germany led by the chairman of the Eastern Committee of German Economy Eckhard Cordes. Entrepreneurs met with First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, “Kommersant” writes. The talks were held in a proprietary format, so they move side not comment. However, a source close to the German delegation, said that the main theme was the preservation of the business relations between the two countries in terms of sanctions and the crisis in relations between Moscow and the EU. Source of the newspaper also said that businessmen have left “Encouraged”.

According to the source, the entire group was about 15 people, including the chairman of the board of directors Winterhall Holding GmbH Rainer Seele, Chairman of Metro AG, Olaf Koch, Head of Policy and External Relations Daimler AG Eckart von Kleden, as well as a number of leaders and top Managers representative of German companies in the Russian Federation, including President Siemens AG in Russia Dietrich Meller.

At a similar meeting in October with representatives of the Association of European Businesses in Russia (it was open), Sergei Lavrov urged Europeans that Moscow defends in Ukrainian conflict “position of truth and justice,” and urged them to actively “encourage their governments to move towards” cancel sanctions. A similar position, according to a source, “Kommersant,” Lavrov stuck on yesterday’s meeting.

We also note that, in addition to appeals to “stimulate the government,” Lavrov said in October that Russia will not make concessions for certain European companies disagreed with Western sanctions. With such a proposal at the meeting by the representative of the Danish company. According to Lavrov, similar ideas were expressed in Italy. “I think that for individual companies can be no exceptions,” - said the Minister on this. “You better stimulate the government (the EU) to move in the right direction,” - said Lavrov. “In the end, politicians are obliged to protect the interests of its citizens, including their business interests”, - concluded the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

The fact that close contacts between business circles of Western and Russian leaders continue despite the sanctions once again confirmed after the disaster at Moscow Vnukovo Airport, killing the President of the French oil company Total Christophe de Margerie. After the incident, the media reported that Margerie flew to Moscow for the 28th meeting of the Consultative Council on Foreign Investment, chaired by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. At the meeting, the head of Total delivered a tough speech against sanctions, emphasizing that they complicate the work of European and American companies in Russia, sources told “Kommersant”.

Later on this meeting in more detail written German tabloid Bild, said the meeting was secret. However, despite the fact that the meeting does not advertise some of its details are known.

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