Although at the political level, Russia’s relations with the Czech Republic has slightly cooled, Czech business is not interested in sanctions, and at all meetings of the Czechs say they will work with Russia and build contacts directly, said trade representative of the Russian Federation in the Czech Republic, Sergei Stupar.
MOSCOW, Nov 17. In the conditions imposed on Russia Western sanctions, Russia and the Czech Republic are looking for new opportunities for interaction and cooperation is actively engaged at the regional level, said in an interview with trade representative of the Russian Federation in the Czech Republic, Sergei Stupar.
“The vector of development of bilateral cooperation has largely shifted from the Federal to the regional level, the intensified interest of Czech business people to this format. Over the past year, despite sanctions, has held a large number of Russian business visits to the Czech Republic headed by governors, regional Ministers, and at the same time, significantly more frequent visits of Czech entrepreneurs in the subjects of the Russian Federation,” said Stupar.
“At the political level, Russia’s relations with the Czech Republic as a member state of the EU has somewhat cooled, Czech business is not interested in sanctions, and at all meetings of the Czechs say they will work with Russia and build contacts directly — say, the sanctions they do not care,” — said the trade representative.
According to Stupar, Minister of industry and trade of the Czech Republic Jan Mladek is a big supporter of the development of Czech-Russian relations and has made great efforts to save the contacts of the Czech and Russian partners in the sphere of industry and trade.
“Several times he received a business mission from Russia, meets with their Russian counterparts and heads of regions”, — said the trade representative. Additionally, Mladek headed several large Czech delegations attending this year Tatarstan and the exhibition “Innoprom” in Yekaterinburg, said Stupar.
Simultaneously, the trade representative noted a number of successful visits of Russian delegations to the Czech Republic. Among them — the visit of delegation of the seven subjects of the Russian Federation on International engineering fair in Brno in September, during which there was signed an agreement of intent for localization in Tatarstan production machine company Pegas-Gonda, as well as the visit to the Czech Republic Governor of the Voronezh region Alexey Gordeev, during which agreements were reached about the construction of the Voronezh agricultural machinery plant Czech company Agrostroj Pelhrimov.
“This is just the most recent examples, but they confirm the interest of our countries in maintaining and increasing the high level of bilateral cooperation”, — said Stupar.
The company Agrostroj Pelhrimov is one of the largest Czech manufacturers of agricultural machinery. It is expected that construction of the plant trailed agricultural machinery in Voronezh region will begin in spring 2016. The total investment will be about 4 billion rubles, the project implementation period is three years.