At the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday, Russian President Valdimir Putin hosted a business roundtable with executives of several major U.S. companies, and urged them to help the “head of the United States administration”, newly elected President Donald Trump.
Putin addressed the deteriorating relationship between the U.S. and Russia and expressed his desire to improve the collaboration in the near future. Putin expressed that, although he has never met Trump, he perceives him as an unconventional politician, with a fresh view of things.
Attendees Included Executives of Elite Companies
Among the most prominent executives present at this business roundtable were senior executives from Honeywell, Chevron, Boeing, Caterpillar, and Philip Morris. According to Putin, the U.S. and Russia have been on the wrong foot ever since 2014, when Moscow’s annexation of Crimea was slapped with several sanctions on Russia by the developed countries in the West.
Allegations of Russia meddling in the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections has only worsened the relationship, which Russian President sees as lost economic opportunity. During 2014 and 2014, the goods trade between Russia and the U.S. has reduced over 40%.
Russia Ready for Improved Business Relations with U.S.
President Putin cleared his stand of bilateral business projects with constructive and equal partnership between the two countries, developing technology as well as luring foreign firms to develop the infrastructure.
Interestingly, this urge of relationship from Putin has come only a day after he agreed to the possibilities of some “patriotic hackers” fiddling with recent U.S. elections, although he had denied any of these hackers were backed by his administration.