Medvedev debuts at the Munich conference

Medvedev debuts at the Munich conference

MUNICH, February 13. /Spec. interviewer TASS/. Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev debuts at the Munich conference on security policy. His 15-minute speech largely devoted to the state of the world economy.

As reported to journalists Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko, the Chairman of the Russian government, will speak at the morning session on Saturday. The topic of this discussion in which you make a speech, and the Prime Ministers of France Manuel Valls, “Modern crises”. It will be dedicated to the development of joint mechanisms to counter crisis situations (Syria, Ukraine, migration) and cooperation in resolving them.

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“A significant part of speech (Medvedev) will be certainly discussed the global economic situation and the challenges faced by Russia and our European partners, other partners in the current environment. A significant part of the speech will be devoted to this analysis and the challenges with which we must fight together”, – said Prikhodko. However, he refused to name other topics of the speech.

Deputy Prime Minister predicts that the speech of the head of the Russian Cabinet of Ministers will take 15-20 minutes, and then he and Waltz will answer questions from conference participants.

“Will be interesting”, – said Prikhodko.

Breakfast with businessmen

However, working Saturday afternoon, Medvedev will begin with a business Breakfast with business people from Russia and Germany. As said the representative of the Cabinet, on the interview invited the heads of major companies, including, for example, “Gazprom”, “Sberbank”, Renova, Basic element, VTB, NOVATEK, Severstal, Siemens, “Robert Bosch”, “Deutsche Bank”, “Nord stream AG”, “Deutsche shell”. “Probably, the German business uses the rostrum not only for questions about specific projects, but also on sanctions (against Russia),” Prikhodko.

Meetings with the leaders of Bavaria, Slovenia, France

The Russian Premier also scheduled meetings with several foreign colleagues. So, with the Prime Minister of Bavaria Horst Seehofer will discuss trade and economic relations in General with Germany and Bavaria. According to the Vice Premier, the turnover of the Bavaria with Russia last year decreased by nearly 40 percent. “I do not exclude that the negotiations may be affected and migration policy, we are not indifferent to how the government of Bavaria look at the current situation,” – said Prikhodko.

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According to the Deputy Prime Minister, Seehofer and his colleagues “have a keen interest in the preservation of huge capacity, which in previous years has been gained in the Russian-German trade-economic, scientific – cultural relations, which are now in force entered not on our initiative have penalized”. “(German partners) are Feeling the effects not only from a political point of view, but it has its impact on employment, on investment, so the Prime Minister of Bavaria – one of those politicians who understand the importance of maintaining and preserving the accumulated potential and existing crisis of the state”, – said Prikhodko.

Another meeting will be Medvedev with President of Slovenia Borut Pahor. Vice-Premier believes that “the foreign policy of Slovenia advantageously differ from some other (European countries), it is quite independent, although (Slovenia) in accordance with the common decisions of the EU, but does not hide interest in the development of foreign economic and investment cooperation with Russia”.

Prikhodko recalled that the trade turnover between Russia and Slovenia in 2015 decreased by almost 40%. However, Russia and Slovenia “there are a number of joint projects”. He predicts that Medvedev and Pahor will discuss trade and economic interaction, cooperation in energy and humanitarian spheres.

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“The most intensive conversation (Medvedev) will be with the Prime Minister of France Manuel Waltz,” believes the Vice Premier. He stressed that in Munich, and Waltz Medvedev will meet for the first time.

Among the topics of conversation Prikhodko called trade and investment ties, energy, joint projects on the territory of the RF, joint projects in industrial, aviation and space fields.

“The Russian side will obviously affect the question of how Western sanctions affected the positions of French business”, – said the representative of the Cabinet. He assured: “We are ready and business to support, but on the understanding that the French government along with other EU countries aware of (the inconsistency of anti-Russian sanctions)”. According to Prikhodko, “it is not quite correct and pointless for us to ask Valls to report about the lifting of sanctions”. “So, of course, the question will not stand” – he stressed.

Deputy Prime Minister has not excluded that will be affected and the construction of the Russian spiritual cultural center in Paris. “We appreciate that without failing and without external influence the construction of a Russian Orthodox center continues”, – said Prikhodko. In his estimation, the overall cultural and humanitarian cooperation between Russia and France, “fortunately, is not affected by any market fluctuations and developing quite normally.”