MOSCOW (Realist English). It will be more difficult for many firms to return to Russia than it was to leave, said Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council.
“There is one simple rule: the exit is usually located in the same place as the entrance. But now with one clarification. It will become more difficult for many firms to return to Russia than it was to leave.
No sooner had the locks on restaurants, shopping pavilions and boutiques rusted, than domestic restaurateurs, sellers and couturiers were found. They are ready not only to occupy the empty market niche, but also to establish full-fledged import substitution in a short time. To produce high-quality clothes and good furniture, to feed citizens in a variety of ways, quickly and tastyly. To design and debug technological lines for this, to produce modern materials and components, to train our specialists instead of fugitive foreigners. We have enough talented, hardworking and professional specialists. There are much more of them than there were foreign ones. And to support them is our priority.” he said.
Some of the foreign companies that were in such a hurry to leave Russia in pursuance of the “infernal sanctions”, after a couple of months, seem to have changed their minds.
“Everything is as we expected: I’m leaving forever, until supper! It turns out that all these boycotts and locked doors were not for real. Because in terms of rubles and other money, the price of such loud statements is a penny. Net profit — for business, this argument weighs much more than political slogans. And business knows how to count, especially obvious and irreparable losses.” he added.
According to Medvedev, companies are signing off on the “inefficiency” of their steps, squinting at the unwise decisions of their governments. They declare their readiness to correct errors if a “way out” is found:
“We did not drive the guests away, we will be glad to have them back. Sometimes they do come back. But they must learn the most serious lesson — they must respect our rules and principles. And also remember – there are no irreplaceable ones.”