Petr Aven: in the relations between Russia and the U.S. “now it’s not the economy”

WASHINGTON, November 4. /Corr. Andrew Shitov/. In relations between Russia and the U.S. “now it’s not the economy”. Such opinion in conversation with correspondent. was expressed by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of group “alpha Bank” Peter Aven at a reception held in his honor Tuesday Kannanaskis the political science Institute at the Center. Woodrow Wilson in Washington.

“A very difficult situation: sanctions, political problems,” said the businessman, responding to a question about whether there is now in the economic cooperation between Russia and the USA a clear perspective. According to Aven, he has no business plans on the present visit to USA. In addition to speeches at a reception on the occasion of awarding him an award Kananaskis Institute for civic activism in business and contribution to the development of Russian-American relations he will hold one lecture at a closed meeting at the Atlantic Council of the United States.

“They (sanctions) can interfere with many of our clients, – said the businessman. They still cast a shadow on the whole Russian business. And some institutions, financial including, of course, looked upon with suspicion”. “So, of course, is reflected on us (the group “Alfa-Bank”), although we are under the sanctions in any form are not”, – stated the interlocutor. However, he assured that the problems like delay dollar payments “Alfa-Bank” is not facing.

Award Aven was awarded in particular for his role in the creation of the Alfa Fellowship program. This is the only project of its kind in the relations between Russia and the United States, aiming to give an opportunity to young American professionals to participate in internships in private companies, state institutions and public organizations of Russia. This will be implemented since 2004 and, as assured at the reception, the winner, will certainly continue.

“I believe that business plays a fundamental role in strengthening cooperation between the countries, establishment of mutual understanding, – said Aven. – So, whatever it is, we’ve always strongly opposed sanctions against private business. I already many times spoke about it publicly, and here we are speaking about this”.

Together with the Russian banker Kananaski Institute celebrated American philanthropist Susan Lehrman, which, in particular, established at the capital American University new Institute for the study of Russian history and culture.