The Deputy head of the Finance Ministry: VTB and Sberbank should be privatized at the same time

The Deputy head of the Finance Ministry: VTB and Sberbank should be privatized at the same time

MOSCOW, January 13. VTB and Sberbank should be privatized at the same time to create a competitive environment, said at the Gaidar forum in 2016, organized by the Ranepa and the Gaidar Institute, Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Moiseev.

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“The state-owned banks should be privatized to create a competitive environment,” said Moses, noting that the Ministry of Finance positively relates to the privatization in General. “The more privatization, the better,” he said.

Moses also noted that the privatization of state-owned banks currently seems problematic against the background of sanctions and the situation in the economy.

Meanwhile, according to Minister of economic development of Russia Alexei Ulyukayev, the sanctions are no obstacle for the privatization of Sberbank and VTB.

“Sanctions, of course, are a nuisance, but there are technical possibilities even if the sanctions regime to carry out privatization deals,” he said.

According to him, Russia has “a hundred possibilities” for privatization, especially on these assets is domestic demand.

“But we must first take the conceptual solution, we have legislative restrictions, there are other limitations, we need them to work. And so the technique of transaction is not a problem,” he said.

On the privatization of “Rosneft” and other companies

The issue of privatization of “Rosneft” in 2016 is not removed from the agenda, also said Moses.

“The closest of those companies, which we hope will go on the privatization of “Sovkomflot”. In addition, we have a few more interesting packages. The question of “Rosneft” of the genocide agenda,” he said.

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Earlier, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said that the Agency expects to receive from privatization in two years 1 trillion.

The President of Russia Vladimir Putin, speaking in December of 2015 at a press conference, did not rule out that in 2016 the government will privatize stakes in major state-owned companies. Among them he named “Rosneft” and “Aeroflot”.

According to the Federal property management Agency, in 2015 the state was rescued from privatization 5-5,3 billion rubles, the forecast for privatization revenues in 2016 – a level of 33.2 billion rubles However, according to the Ministry, from privatization of 19.5% stake in Rosneft could be sold for at least 500 billion rubles.

Scheduled for 2016, according to the Agency, only the privatization of shares of “Sovcomflot” from the sale of which the state can save about 12 billion rubles, But the Ministry is ready to accelerate the privatization of “Rosneft”, “Aeroflot” and “RusHydro”, if you will be given appropriate instructions of the President.