Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov held a private meeting with representatives of German business elite on Nov. 5.
The representatives of Russia and Germany discussed economic relations at the meeting. According to the source of the Russian Kommersant, the parties discussed the Russian-German relations in the economy and the way out of the current crisis, Censor.NET reports citing zn.ua.
"I can say nothing more - the negotiations were private and confidential," the source said.
15 German businessmen, including top managers of Metro AG, Daimler AG, Winterhall Holding Gmbh, president of Siemens AG in Russia Dietrich Moeller reportedly arrived in Moscow yesterday.
These are the companies which have lobbied the abolition of sanctions in government circles of Germany "in order not to harm the joint business."
In contrast to the business community, the German leadership adheres to a tough stance toward Moscow. Earlier Berlin refused from intergovernmental consultations with the Russian Federation. Following the cancellation of government consultations between Russian and German politicians, the "Petersburg Dialogue" - the forum within which usually these consultations took place, was postponed.
The Eastern Committee of German Economy was the organizer of the meeting. This organization is known for being involved in Germany enterprises interests' representation abroad.
It was reported earlier that the representatives of companies such as Ford, Bayer, Nestle and others met with Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev on Oct. 20 and asked him to revise the law on data storage.
Earlier, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that there is no reason to lift sanctions against Russia at present, especially with respect to the recent events in Ukraine.