Antonov called on the businessmen from Russia and the United States to develop cooperation

© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva in fotoracconti Antonov. Archival photoAntonov called on the businessmen from Russia and the United States to develop cooperation© RIA Novosti / Grigory to Sysoeva the image Bank

Russia’s Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov called on the business communities of the two countries to develop cooperation at the regional level.

«Today it is necessary to seek new methods and ways to restore full communion between our countries and development of mutually beneficial business partnerships. One of the areas, which could compensate losses in the trade and economic cooperation at the Federal level, can be regional cooperation,» he said, speaking at the U.S.-Russia business Council (USRBC).

An even more effective way, he called the development of direct ties between U.S. States and Russian regions.

«For example, the scheduled visit of the delegation from the Ryazan region in Massachusetts and Utah for networking in the medical field. The Moscow government sends its representatives to new York, Houston, San Francisco, Los Angeles with the aim of strengthening bilateral cooperation in health care. And many such examples,» — said Antonov.

According to him, the big potential is in the revival of friendly relations. In Russia and the US have several dozen of the twin cities, the majority of these ties were established in 1990-e years, and gradually disappeared, but the interest in such interaction increases, the diplomat said.

«For example, in salt lake city representatives of the American cities spoke about necessity of strengthening sister city relationship between salt lake city and Izhevsk, Tooele and Kambarka, West Jordan and Votkinsk. Look forward to July 2019 in Houston regular conference of the American Association of the twin cities will provide additional impetus for the development of direct contacts between the cities of Russia and the USA», — he said.