Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded that President Donald Trump did not collude with Russia to influence the 2016 election. Andrey Kostin, the chairman and president of VTB Bank believes that Mueller report’s findings should help to improve the U.S. – Russia relations.
Andrey Kostin in his interview to CNBC’s said that he hopes that Mueller report can help to change the attitude of American politicians towards Russia which could lead to a new start in US – Russia relations.
“For a long time the Russian side was saying that the Mueller report would not find any relationship, or behind-the-scenes relationship or agreement, between Trump and Russia because there are none. Two years or so were spent on asking hundreds of people about this and yet, you see the results are zero.” Andrey Kostin said.
Since 2014, Russia, was punished by U.S. sanctions. the U.S. has imposed travel bans, asset freezes and finance and trade restrictions against hundreds of Russian individuals and companies, including Russia’s second-largest state-owned VTB Bank that was placed on a U.S. sanctions list in 2014. In 2018, the U.S. added Kostin to a list of sanctioned individuals as he was deemed to be a government official and close to President Vladimir Putin.
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