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Russian experts ask government to lift sanctions from companies friendly to Russia

November 10, 2015, 9:44 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The proposal has been heeded by business people from Russia, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Montenegro

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MOSCOW, November 10. /TASS/. A member of Russia's State Duma (lower parliament house) committee for defense, Igor Zotov, and a member of the Presidential Council for Civic Society and Human Rights, Yana Lantratova, have sent a letter to Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov where they recommend drawing up a register of foreign private companies, the executives of which speak out against anti-Russian sanctions.

These companies should be allowed to export to Russia the commodities that Russia put on an import blacklist to reciprocate the sanctions the West introduced after the March 2014 reunification of Crimea with Russia, the Izvestia daily said on Tuesday.

"We find it reasonable and timely to step up the efforts on the part of Russian government organizations to support the businessmen who publicly call for lifting of sanctions against the Russian Federation," the newspaper quoted Zotov and Lantratova.

They said this proposal had been heeded by business people from Russia, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Montenegro who were ready to set up an economic association and to voice public support for Russia.

"In spite of the overtly anti-Russian media campaign in the US and in a number of EU countries, political elites in the latter will eventually come to face with a tough choice between the U.S. diktat and the opinion of their own nations multiplied by economic rationality," the experts said.

"In addition to it, the moment for a comprehensive resumption of economic ties between the EU and the Eurasian Economic Union, which are two largest integrational associations of the continent on top of being geographic neighbors, will come sooner or later, and this initiative is the first step towards that objective," Zotov told Izvestia.

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