#Official Commentary of Marina Zheynova on implementation of cooperation of European and Russian businessmen

ʺAlmost always a result can be opposite to foresight in politics,ʺ a French writer, politician and diplomat of the XVIII century François René de Chateaubriand said. This aphorism is highly relevant on an issue of sanctions.

It is natural that business needs stability, and sanctions, which the EU has imposed against the Russian Federation, and counter-sanctions do nothing to improve relationship. Also, a war of sanctions between such geopolitical titans is not an effective instrument of coercion or influence on the opposite side.

There were rallies and demonstrations in favor of lifting sanctions against the Russian Federation in many EU countries. But politicians have not heard voices of farmers and businessmen yet. And then business has decided to go the other way.

Western entrepreneurs trade with us, the Crimea and the rest of Russia bypassing sanctions and looking for new markets.

ʺThis has been made possible by the DPR’s representative centers, which are currently working in the Czech Republic and Italy. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPR will continue to coordinate an interaction of the DPR representatives of foreign business with relevant ministries of the Republic in respective areas,ʺ Acting DPR Minister of Foreign Affairs Natalia Nikonorova stated.

Italian entrepreneurs visited the DPR and the LPR and started to forge contacts with local business in November of 2016. The next visit is scheduled for February 2017. Thus, this cooperation will contribute to the development of economic relations, the organization of production, the employment creation and entry into the Republic and neighboring countries’ markets.

The fact that European companies find ways to trade with Russia and our republics in spite of any sanctions shows a quite positive tendency, which is observed in the EU.

And a desire of European businessmen to work with Russia bypassing sanctions reflects a failure of short-sighted policy dictated externally.

Marina Zheynova, the DPR People’s Council deputy

The official website of the DPR People’s Council

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