Kudrin predicted a gradual abolition of sanctions against Russia

Moscow. January 22. Ex-Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin is sure that relations between Russia and the West are normalized, and the sanctions will be lifted.

“I am confident that the sanctions will begin to decline at the end of this year or early next. Nobody in Russia is not going to save the opposition, I think, will run the Minsk agreement, and thus the conflict regarding sanctions will be resolved,” said Kudrin, speaking at the session “The outlook for Russia” at the world economic forum in Davos.

“Russia has never renounced the development of market economy, democracy, integration into the world economy. We now have a geopolitical crisis which will pass, it does not correspond to the analogs of the cold war in the Soviet Union. We do not have different ideological goals, we do not oppose as a system. We’re not trying to each other to prove that we are so different that each will go his way. We are all absolutely United in certain values of market economy and democracy,” – said Kudrin.

He was confident that Russia was “after certain negotiations or dialogue” will be back in all world formats, including in the G8. “I think the format of “eight” is important and Russia should be there to solve in this range of vital global issues,” – said A. Kudrin.

He also expressed the wish that at the Munich conference (to be held on 12-14 February, the Russian delegation will be headed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev) “began the steps towards each other”.

Kudrin also predicted growth of the Russian economy in 2017. “17-th year, probably year zero or positive growth,” said the former Finance Minister. “The deeper question is, do we start the reform and are we going to come to their level of low growth, there is stagnation. Will we be able to expand competition, to ensure the protection of investments”, – noted ex-the Minister of Finance.