The relationship between the U.S. and Russia have deteriorated to such an extent that any bilateral contacts are the reason for “paranoia”. About this stated the head of Sberbank German Gref.
“From what we see here, in Russia, of the gears that we see in the US, it’s quite complicated. There are certain signs of a paranoid attitude to Russia and to any contacts with Russia – real or imagined”, he said through an interpreter in interview to TV channel CNBC.
The journalist also asked Gref whether he feared any consequences of their past meetings with the current President, Donald trump. “I think the situation has become extremely paranoid if there is speculation that such contacts may lead to some political consequences,” – said the banker.
Speaking in January at the world economic forum in Davos, the head of “Sberbank” expressed the hope that the administration trump will be able to restore relations with Moscow.
In an interview on Friday, Gref suggested that it is too early to judge the success of the presidency, trump, and noted that relations between the US and Russia are unlikely to have changed for the better.
Gref also acknowledged the negative impact of Western sanctions on Russia. “I have to say that it affected us in the past two years… Lack of access to international markets for us painful,” he said.
At the same time, the head of Sberbank reminded that the West’s sanctions against Russia were introduced for political reasons and, consequently, their abolition is likely to also be associated with the policy. “It turns out a dead end from which we are forced to consider the worst-case scenario when developing our strategy for the next three years. This scenario does not provide for removal of restrictions,” – said the head of “Sberbank”.
Recall that in the U.S. for several months, conducted an investigation regarding possible Russian interference in presidential elections. In February of this year because of suspicions of links with the Russian Federation was forced to resign, the US presidential Advisor on national security , Michael Flynn.
Recently us media reported that US President Donald trump during a meeting at the White house with Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gave him secret information regarding the plans of the militants grouping “Islamic state.”*
The White house and the Kremlin, these allegations have been refuted. By trump, commenting on the publication, said that as head of state had the right to share information with Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin called the accusations in the address of the trump in the United States, “political schizophrenia”. “We see that in the United States develops the political schizophrenia, anything else I can’t explain the charges of the incumbent President that he Lavrov issued any secrets,” said Putin at a press conference after talks with Prime Minister of Italy Paolo Gentiloni in Sochi.
*Islamic state (ISIS, ISIL, DAISH) is a terrorist group banned in Russia.