Gref low estimated chances of the Russian companies to become global

© RIA Novosti / Valery Melnikova in fotoreceptor of the Board of Sberbank of Russia German Gref at the IX-th the Gaidar forum in Moscow. 17 January 2018Gref low estimated chances of the Russian companies to become global© RIA Novosti / Valery Melnikovite the image Bank

Russian companies have a chance to become truly global, but the chances are slim without an improvement in the geopolitical situation, said the head of Sberbank German Gref.

During the discussion «Business and the state: patterns of partnership in the digital age» at the Gaidar forum was a question about whether Russian companies a chance to become global, and what needs to be done to implement this chance.

«It would be foolish to say that there is a chance, I would say that there is always a chance, but the chance is small. Do I need here to do something for the state? Of course, you need. States do you need to improve the geopolitical situation,» — said Gref.

«We are one of the companies that quickly became global, and now we are just winding down. Because we are under sanctions, we find it very difficult to work in other jurisdictions» — the head of Sberbank.

He also gave an example of the pressure exerted on the company «Kaspersky Lab».

The Agency «RIA Novosti» media group «Russia today» is the official news Agency of the Gaidar forum — 2018 «Russia and the world: aims and values». The forum organizer — the Russian Academy of national economy and state service under the President of Russia (Ranepa).