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Yakunin: Sanctions against Russia will damage Russian-French relations

Vladimir Yakunin, the president of the Russian Railways, said on Wednesday that the damage from possible tensions in Russian-French business relations “would be considerable and heavy for economy.”

“The damage from possible tensions or disruption of business relations between France and Russia would not only be considerable and heavy for the economy. It’s going to be a price for the chauvinism displayed at Euromaidan, extreme nationalism and manifestations of fascism which were supported by concrete forces,” Yakunin, who the Russian co-chairman of the Franco-Russian Dialogue Association, said.

Yakunin declared that French companies were interested in cooperating in constructing a transport corridor from Russia via Ukraine, Slovakia to Vienna, as well as a high-speed rail link between the Russian cities of Moscow and Kazan. French national railways SNCF, turbine and train maker Alstom, French conglomerate Bouygues and other EU railways could be potential partners, he added.

SNCF CEO Guillaume Pepy and Bouygues CEO Martin Bouygues were present at the assembly. “In such a difficult period I want to stress – the same as my colleagues from Bouygues, Alstom would do – that we want to continue our cooperation in an efficient, pragmatic and friendly way,” Pepy said during the assembly. (Reuters)

Meanwhile, the Franco-Russian Dialogue Association has called on the European Union to refrain from applying a policy of sanctions against Russia.

The Franco-Russian Dialogue Association was founded in Paris in 2004 on the initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Jacques Chirac who had taken the association under personal patronage.

The association’s key idea is to strengthen and promote dialogue between the civil societies of Russia and France.

Source* ITAR-TASS; Reuters

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