07/23/2014 11:42 am ET Updated Jul 23, 2014

Former Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin Fears Putin Is Isolating The Country


MOSCOW, July 22. /ITAR-TASS/. Some forces in Russia are interested in the country's isolation but the Russian business wants to invest in global markets, former finance minister Alexei Kudrin said on Tuesday.

Kudrin told ITAR-TASS that he was "surprised with the extent of anti-western rhetoric that has emerged" following the Ukrainian crisis.

“Things are different in business,” he said. “Businessmen want to work, to invest, build factories and develop trade. And businessmen are very concerned about what they hear on radio and TV.”

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