The head of the presidential administration supported the extension of sanctions

The head of the presidential administration of Vladimir Putin Sergei Ivanov said in an interview with Sergey Brilev, presenter of “Vesti on Saturday” that, largely due to imposed against Russia sanctions, the country is developing many industries. Ivanov stressed that he would like to sanctions against Russia “lasted longer”.

“If the sanctions are lifted, we will immediately cancel and counter-sanctions, it is clear. And then what will happen? What I am getting at? Personally, I would want sanctions against us lasted a little longer and not quickly removed. This is my personal opinion,” said Ivanov.

“We’ve long talked about diversifying the economy. There is a saying: “there would be no happiness, Yes the misfortune has helped”. Here it worked,” he said.

According to Ivanov, largely due to imposed against Russia sanctions are growing industries such as agriculture, chemical industry. “Foreign investors have talked about this openly — 30-35% growth per year. This should be proud!”, Ivanov stressed.

Commenting on the assumption that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi, and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy came a thought about the lifting of sanctions”, in particular because of the “pork production”, the head of the presidential administration said that Russia “does not need imports at all, the chicken is almost not needed”.

“The train has left,” concluded Ivanov.

Yesterday, during a press conference after talks with Prime Minister of Italy, Mr Putin said that Russia would be willing to cancel the first counter-sanctions against the West, if there was a conviction that her “do not throw”. Putin’s statement was voiced a day after the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, speaking at the international economic forum in St. Petersburg, proposed that Russia and the first to abolish the restrictive measures in order to push the EU to lift sanctions.