Friday, June 25, 2010

Bilateral Relations: Meeting of Presidents with CEOs hailed as big step forward in U.S.-Russia business relations

Presidents Medvedev and Obama Meet with Group of Prominent U.S. and Russian CEOs to Spur Economic Growth Between the Two Countries

WASHINGTON, June 24 - A meeting today of prominent CEOs from the United States and Russia with Presidents Medvedev and Obama marked a major step forward in U.S.-Russia business relations. The meeting was held today as part of the economic summit between the U.S. and Russia.

Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld, who also serves as Chairman of the U.S.-Russia Business Council (USRBC), said:

"This meeting was a unique moment in bilateral relations and I thank Presidents Medvedev and Obama, as well as my fellow CEOs, for their time and commitment to improving business relations between the U.S. and Russia. Strong economic ties breed strong political relationships and expanded trade and investment will be the foundation upon which security cooperation can be sustained.".

"In our meetings today we built on the work we began this past year between my U.S. and Russian colleagues on three priority areas: promoting growth through innovation; enhancing management culture; and creating a more friendly investment climate for everyone," said Kleinfeld. "In less than a year, we have seen progress made on all fronts."

"As a follow up to today's meeting, the USRBC and I will work to keep this CEO dialogue going in conjunction with existing U.S. - Russia business dialogues, and in parallel to the Bilateral Presidential Commission process," added Kleinfeld.