Germany's Siemens says committed to Russian partners

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 26, 2014 2:31 PM

NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia (Reuters) - The chief executive of Germany's Siemens said his firm supported a "trusting relationship" with Russian companies after meeting President Vladimir Putin at his residence outside Moscow on Wednesday.

The United States has levied sanctions against several Russian individuals - including Russian Railways boss Vladimir Yakunin - over Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

Engineering conglomerate Siemens has a partnership with Russian Railways, the state railway monopoly, under which it provides high-speed trains for rail lines between St Petersburg, Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod, according to the Siemens website.

"We support a trusting relationship with Russian companies,"

Siemens Chief Executive Joe Kaeser told journalists in response to a question whether the sanctions against Yakunin could affect its projects with the rail firm.

Russian Railways has said the decision to put Yakunin, its president, on the U.S. blacklist is unjustified.

Kaeser said the German government had not been pressured him in any way over his visit to Russia. "There was no pressure, when the head of a major German company, which has worked in Russia for 160 years, came to meet with the Russian president," he said.

(Reporting by Darya Korsunskaya; Writing by Megan Davies; Editing by Pravin Char)