The last meeting in Helsinki, Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald trump will help to lay the foundations for further cooperation between Russia and the US, despite criticism in the short term.
In an exclusive interview to TV channel “Russia 24” within the Moscow urban forum, President-Chairman of VTB Bank Andrey Kostin said that despite the political pressure experienced by Donald trump, the summit in Helsinki opens the opportunity for cooperation and restoration of contacts between the US and Russia.
The head of VTB said that the United States remain negative sentiment, especially in the media, on the subject of accusing Russia of cyber attacks and “interference” in the election campaign.
“I think that it is not necessary now, as the American press is trying to make or policies to assess who won, who lost. I think I have won everything. Because, overall, we did not expect any specific results, it would be probably premature to expect them. But the spirit of the meeting, its very character, of course, lays the Foundation for further cooperation between the U.S. and Russia on a wide range of issues.
Today was confirmation from the defense ministries of both countries. This is very important. The road is open to cooperation on a number of fronts. This is the most important in this summit – the willingness to listen, understand, debate with each other. While the differences remain large.
Now it is important to see the reaction of the US political elite. Today, of course, the President of the trump under a lot of pressure will be. How he will behave? Will he be able to withstand the pressure of passions on the part of his opponents, who, by and large, used Russia as a means of fighting against him? I think the odds are there. I think that, despite the fact that there will be enormous resistance, still, we some have made the first step, and we can expect further development of contacts. This is very important, it said the President should be a parliamentary contacts, regular contacts between the Ministry of defense, Ministry of foreign Affairs.
Unfortunately, while we in Washington do not hear. I’m more speaking on American television, the more I hear that they have their own predetermined programmed position. They talk about hackers, “intervention”, I can’t hear you and don’t want to hear. This is bad and we should somehow be overcome.”