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Russia: 'The law is the law' – Peskov on US investor Calvey's case *PARTNER CONTENT*

Russian Federation, Moscow
June 03, 2019 at 09:44 GMT +00:00 · Published

Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitri Peskov commented on the case of US investor Michael Calvey, who is being investigated over fraud allegations, speaking in an exclusive interview on RT’s SophieCo, aired on Monday.

"What comes to the Michael Calvey’ case, that’s a very unfortunate case, we are very sorry about that. Of course, we would like to see Michael among the participants of the [the St. Petersburg International Economic] forum because he’s been quite an active player in the Russian market since…For more than 15 years," said Peskov.

"He [Putin] is receiving reports about that because it’s quite a loud case and he understands that it provokes lots of questions among some foreign investors. But the law is the law – you have to obey," he stated.

The Kremlin spokesperson also talked about the so-called Sovereign Internet bill that is coming into force in November, which is aimed at allowing the Russian internet segment to continue working if Russia is completely cut off from global infrastructure.

He stressed that "we have to be self-sufficient, we have to be sovereign in all our capacities. All this is also applicable to the internet. Internet is an international environment but, unfortunately, we are living in a world where international law can be jeopardised by certain countries. We have to take measures of precaution."

See Ruptly's previous coverage: https://ruptly.tv/en/videos/20190531-047

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Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitri Peskov commented on the case of US investor Michael Calvey, who is being investigated over fraud allegations, speaking in an exclusive interview on RT’s SophieCo, aired on Monday.

"What comes to the Michael Calvey’ case, that’s a very unfortunate case, we are very sorry about that. Of course, we would like to see Michael among the participants of the [the St. Petersburg International Economic] forum because he’s been quite an active player in the Russian market since…For more than 15 years," said Peskov.

"He [Putin] is receiving reports about that because it’s quite a loud case and he understands that it provokes lots of questions among some foreign investors. But the law is the law – you have to obey," he stated.

The Kremlin spokesperson also talked about the so-called Sovereign Internet bill that is coming into force in November, which is aimed at allowing the Russian internet segment to continue working if Russia is completely cut off from global infrastructure.

He stressed that "we have to be self-sufficient, we have to be sovereign in all our capacities. All this is also applicable to the internet. Internet is an international environment but, unfortunately, we are living in a world where international law can be jeopardised by certain countries. We have to take measures of precaution."

See Ruptly's previous coverage: https://ruptly.tv/en/videos/20190531-047

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SOT, Dmitri Peskov, Press Secretary for the President of Russia (English): "What comes to the Michael Calvey’ case, that’s a very unfortunate case, we are very sorry about that. Of course, we would like to see Michael among the participants of the [the St. Petersburg International Economic] forum because he’s been quite an active player in the Russian market since…For more than 15 years. We all know him as a very trustful businessman devoted to the Russian market, probably you know the news, he actually asked to [participate]… Yes, he asked for permission to participate in this forum. I don’t know, I am not issuing the permits. Of course, we would prefer to see him among the participants. But I don’t think that we’re somehow entitled to give any definition to the case of Michael Calvey."

SOT, Dmitri Peskov, Press Secretary for the President of Russia (English): "There was a meeting between French businessmen and President Putin a couple of months ago, and the issue of this French citizen and Michael Calvey was raised during the meeting by the participants. Mr. Pouyanne was among them. So, they received all the necessary explanation by President Putin. Not the explanation about the nature of the case, but the explanation that this case goes in strict accordance with the Russian laws and we do hope that at the end those gentlemen will be freed, but nothing is being done voluntarily. So, that’s the law in Russia, and you have to agree with and follow the law."

SOT, Dmitri Peskov, Press Secretary for the President of Russia (English): "Listen, the situation actually should not be treated this way. Lots of businessmen are protesting against this case because they think it’s a purely trade dispute that should be solved in arbitrage, not in a criminal court, not through a criminal investigation. So, we have to wait until the investigation is over. And if it is proven that this is not a trade dispute, then everything that is being done is correct. This is the case. We have to be patient and we have to understand that those prosecutors and investigators should have very serious reasons to put those gentlemen in jail."

SOT, Dmitri Peskov, Press Secretary for the President of Russia (English): "He [Putin] is receiving reports about that because it’s quite a loud case and he understands that it provokes lots of questions among some foreign investors. But the law is the law – you have to obey."

SOT, Dmitri Peskov, Press Secretary for the President of Russia (English): "We had been planning to achieve the goal of $100 billion and it was even a bit higher at the end – $107 billion. If you compare it with the balance between the States and China, it’s quite a humble amount but, nonetheless, for our economy, for the size of our economy, it’s a very significant amount. China is not our partner number one yet. Still, the EU countries are number one partners for us and I cannot share [an opinion with] those who say that it is a turn of Russia eastward. No, I hope Russia will never turn eastward. You know that the Russian eagle looks to both sides – to the West and to the East, that’s the nature of every dimension of the policy of Russia, let it be political, diplomatic activities or economic ones."

SOT, Dmitri Peskov, Press Secretary for the President of Russia (English): "You know that from the very beginning of the presidency of President Trump – our president was expressing readiness to establish a good relationship with Washington, to try to repair this damage that was done by President Obama during last month of his presidency. And from the very beginning, President Putin insisted that we were ready to go ahead as long and as advanced as our American counterparts are ready to. Unfortunately, now we see that they are not ready to advance at all. But President Putin is quite an experienced and quite a patient president of quite a patient country."

SOT, Dmitri Peskov, Press Secretary for the President of Russia (English): "We witness results of those illegal actions when we see what is going on vis-a-vis Iran, what’s going on vis-a-vis China, what happened vis-a-vis Russia in the near past. And we understand that we have to be self-sufficient, we have to be sovereign in all our capacities. All this is also applicable to the internet. Internet is an international environment but, unfortunately, we are living in a world where international law can be jeopardized by certain countries. We have to take measures of precaution."

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