At a meeting of the Economic Council under the President of the Russian Federation, the chairman of the Center for Strategic Research Alexei Kudrin said that Russia should reduce geopolitical tensions for the successful development and the elimination of technological backwardness.
This was reported by the newspaper “Vedomosti”, with reference to participants of the meeting.
According to the newspaper, Putin took part in the meeting, but virtually did not comment on suggestions of the participants of Economic Council. However, he noted that it was not Russia who started to deteriorate the geopolitical situation, and it is not going to “sell sovereignty.” Putin promised to protect Russian sovereignty not only as president, but also for life. Putin agreed that it is not necessary to increase the tension and give in to provocations.
Another official familiar with the discussions at the Council added that Putin said that foreign business that profits from work in Russia will not go away.