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Lavrov in Munich meets with Russian, German businesses

February 07, 2015, 11:48 UTC+3 MUNICH
Before Russia’s Foreign Minister appeared at the breakfast as he was still at a meeting with Germany’s Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel
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MUNICH, February 7. /TASS/. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who participates in the Munich Security Conference, is having a meeting with Russian and German businesses on Saturday.
The working breakfast is closed for the media.

Before Lavrov appeared at the breakfast as he was still at a meeting with Germany’s Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel.

Gabriel complained to Lavrov he had to get up at 4 in the morning, and yesterday woke up even at one at night.

"I had only three-hour sleep these days to see you," he said joking.

The meeting was behind closed doors.

The media could hear introductory speeches from Russian businesses.

"Our relations are facing complicated times, and under these conditions contacts between states are limited, too, thus contacts of civil society, businesses are of special importance," - head of Severstal Alexei Mordashov said. "We should offer a format [for dialogue]."

Head of VTB Andrei Kostin said the meeting in Moscow of leaders of Russia, Germany and France gives hopes for settlement of the Ukrainian crisis.

"The role of businesses is very high, we have regular meetings. No results are possible without a dialogue," he said.

The breakfast features also German Gref of Sberbank, and Viktor Vekselberg, Oleg Deripaska.

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