The head of VTB Andrey Kostin, speaking on the sidelines of the world economic forum in the Swiss Davos on Tuesday, January 23, warned of “the growing threat of military conflict” between Russia and NATO in Europe, reports the Financial Times. According to Kostin, the new economic penalties imposed by the United States against Russia, will cause a “Declaration of war”.
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The head of the Russian credit institutions expressed their concern at the “threat” to the tense situation in connection with the buildup of military forces in Europe, which could lead to “military conflict” between the forces of the Western military bloc and Russia. “We are on the verge of a new arms race,” warned Costin.
“NATO asks for more weapons and distribute it in Europe, Russia will retaliate,” said the President of VTB. While Kostin suggests that the risk of collision between Russia and NATO is growing, is profitable only to generals and arms manufacturers.
“Who knows what will happen in Syria, or in the Baltic or Black sea, where you have American warships. The more weapons you have, the more reason to believe that could just happen by accident-flash”, — said Kostin.
The banker compared the new U.S. sanctions a Declaration of war. “This is worse than the situation during the cold war, and it is very dangerous. I believe that the Americans are playing with fire, because relationships change from bad to worse, and we are not responsible for this”, – concluded the head of VTB.
“After this, I see no reason why the Russian Ambassador to stay in Washington or the American Ambassador to bathe in cold water in Moscow”, — he added.
“Any lists — well, what is it? Define businessmen close to Putin, are far? Putin was legitimately elected President of a great country, and sanctions based on proximity, friendship — that’s crazy. Others say,” [the head of VTB.