Situation surrounding North Korea highly dangerous, Putin saysRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 19, 19:59
Putin: Russia ready to move towards universal nuclear disarmamentRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 19, 18:53
Russia to give immediate mirrored response to US withdrawal from INF Treaty — PutinRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 19, 18:49
Europe’s supporting separatism in some states triggered Catalan events — PutinRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 19, 18:43
Putin: US failing to honor commitments for plutonium disposalRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 19, 18:04
US sanctions aimed at forcing Russia out of European energy market — PutinBusiness & Economy October 19, 17:59
Some countries do their utmost to preserve chaos in Middle East — PutinRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 19, 17:42
Putin: Previous formulas for tackling conflicts do not work, new ones not yet foundRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 19, 17:18
Russian experts create 3D model of Palmyra to be handed over to DamascusSociety & Culture October 19, 16:52
ST. PETERSBURG, May 22 /ITAR-TASS/. Foreign direct capital investment in Russia’s non-financial sector reached $12 billion in the first quarter of 2014, which is a sign of investors’ continued confidence in the Russian economy, presidential economic aide Andrei Belousov said on Thursday.
“In the first quarter, we saw a $12 billion inflow of foreign direct investment in the sector of non-financial organizations,” Belousov said at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
"In the first quarter of last year, this investment totaled $21.3 billion, but if we exclude the effect of the TNK BP-Rosneft deal, the figure will also be about $12 billion,” Belousov said.
“This means that despite the ruble’s weakening that is hampering a foreign investment inflow, we are nevertheless retaining a confidence resource linked with foreign investment inflows,” Belousov said.
As for capital outflows, $28 billion worth of capital left Russia’s non-financial sector in the first quarter of 2014 compared with $28 billion in the same period of 2013 and $31 billion in 2012, the Russian president’s economic aide said.
“Therefore, there is a general trend of a slowdown in capital outflow from the non-financial sector,” Belousov said.
Capital outflows and FDI inflows are clear indicators of confidence, which is the basis for doing business, Belousov said.
The presidential economic aide also noted a record conversion of ruble savings into US dollars by Russian households in the first quarter of 2014.
“This is the result of a crisis of confidence among the population,” Belousov said.
“The crisis of confidence that has emerged is among the population. In the first quarter of this year, we saw a record amount - almost $20 billion - that households converted from rubles into US dollars. This is a real problem, which we have to resolve, and both the government and the Central Bank are dealing with this problem,” he said.