ST PETERSBURG, Russia May 22 Businessman
Gennady Timchenko, who has had sanctions imposed on him by the
United States, has been appointed Russia's main point person for
business relations with China and expects a flurry of deals in a
shift away from the West.
The sanctions imposed on Timchenko are part of a broader
drive by the West to put pressure on President Vladimir Putin
and business and political leaders loyal to him over Russia's
annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.
"You know what Putin said? He introduced me (to Chinese
businessmen) by saying now Mr Timchenko is the head of our
business council. In other words - it is my words here - he is
our main man for China. From the point of view of business
relations. That was yesterday," said Timchenko who accompanied
Putin on a trip to China.
(Reporting by Dmitry Zhdannikov and Denis Pinchuk)