The head of Russian railways says he can live with sanctions over Crimea.
Were you talking about us? Mosquitos wait for a prey at a house in Kolyma region. Picture: Leonid Aleksandrov
The president of Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin compared Western sanctions with feelings he gets from mosquito bites in Siberia.
'It feels approximately as having mosquitos in Siberia. Yes, it bothers but everyone lives with it. And the more mosquitos, the more fish,' he joked in Vienna when asked how sanctions - he was personally targeted - have impacted on him.
'It is unpleasant from a purely personal point of view', said Yakunin, who is the ultimate boss of the world famous Trans-Siberian railway.
'From the point of view of rational co-operation, my working contacts with European colleagues demonstrate that you can't fool people. They understand perfectly well what is bad and what is good.'
He also explained that sanctions bring 'no joy', adding: 'Russian Railways does not need this at all.'
Yet 'the policy of the Americans in Ukraine is much more unpleasant for us than these sanctions'.
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