The head of VTB Andrey Kostin said that the new anti-Russian sanctions the United States will be seen in Moscow as a Declaration of war. He said this on the forum, which takes place in Davos, Switzerland.
According to Kostin, Russia and NATO increases the risk of collision as Europe’s unfolding arms race. The head of VTB also described the relations between Russia and the United States as the worst even compared to the times of the cold war.
Andrey Kostin said that he was not concerned about possible personal sanctions. However, any restrictive measures against Russian companies “will is like a Declaration of war.”
“There is no reason why then the Russian Ambassador should stay in Washington or the American Ambassador to bathe in the ice in Moscow”, — quotes Kostina The Financial Times.
We will remind, till January 29, the U.S. Treasury must provide to Congress a report on close to Russian President Vladimir Putin entrepreneurs and companies. At least, that is the work of the American officials presented to the press. Accordingly, this report can serve as a basis for the next anti-Russian sanctions.
Note that the head of VTB is not the first time talks about the war. In December 2014, in an interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt Andrey Kostin said that disabling the Russian banks from the international payment system SWIFT is not permissible, and “the introduction of such sanctions will mean war”. In this case, said Kostin, the American Ambassador would have the same day to leave Moscow.