Gennady Timchenko Gives Interview to Russian TV

               Gennady Timchenko Gives Interview to Russian TV

  PR Newswire

  MOSCOW, April 12, 2014

MOSCOW, April 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Gennady Timchenko, the founder and beneficial shareholder of Volga Group, has
given an exclusive interview to Sergey Brilev on the Russian TV programme
"News on Saturday" ("Vesti v subbotu"). During the interview Mr Timchenko
commented in detail on a number of topics.

Partnership with China 

  *"Russia's turn towards China is partially due to Europe pushing us away in
    recent years. By working with Chinese partners, we can also demonstrate to
    the Europeans that we have new opportunities and promising markets in the
    Asia-Pacific region."
  *"China is an area where we need to be present. Lots of companies want to
    supply their products to China. Australia and other countries are building
    LNG production facilities. We need to keep pace and not hold back on
    cooperation with China."
  *"We have been working with the Chinese for several years on serious
    projects including Yamal LNG. This is a highly complex project in economic
    terms. It is a mark of our success that we have been able to reach
    agreement with our Chinese partners quickly and bring them on board as
    shareholders in Yamal LNG. It is important that we keep up the pace and
    achieve all of the plans we have set out by the start of 2017. Then we
    will be able to start supplies of LNG to China in 2Q 2017."
  *"Building big businesses such as this one creates large numbers of new
    jobs in Russia. Businesses also create new tax revenues, which in future
    will be used to pay public-sector workers and address social issues."
  *"I also have good relationships with European businessmen. It is likely
    that I will stay on as co-chairman of the Franco-Russian Chamber of
    Commerce and Industry. I have also received an offer to head a similar
    Russian-Chinese advisory body, which in all probability I will readily

US sanctions list 

  *"I found out that I had been included on the list from the news. I had
    assumed that this was a possibility, but still to have it confirmed was
    slightly unexpected, although something of a badge of honour for me. I
    think that this is a judgement on my investments in Russia - in the energy
    and petrochemicals sector, in infrastructure construction and the
    foodstuffs industry."
  *"Europe has not announced any sanctions against me. However, there have
    been some complications as a result of the American sanctions, as some
    banks have started creating difficulties for business. In effect, the
    American authorities are making life difficult for European banks."
  *"We assumed that this could happen, and took care of our funds held with
    European banks ahead of time. All of these funds are now in Russia and are
    being securely held by our Russian banks."
  *"My stake in Gunvor was less than 50%. Essentially I was not obliged to
    sell the shares, but I did so in order not to create problems for the
    company, which is growing fast and today is one of the top three energy
    traders worldwide."

On calls to use the ruble as the settlement currency for Russian exports 

  *"We have examined these proposals and are already in talks with our
    counterparties, many of whom are prepared to consider the idea. To start
    with we are talking about switching to settlement in euros, but given that
    European sanctions remain a possibility we may also use the ruble for
    settlement, as well as the renminbi for doing business with China. We are
    ready for this, and it seems that our Chinese partners are also prepared
    to give the idea serious consideration."

Relations with Europe 

  *"European leaders today have a poor understanding of the global situation
    and the consequences of meddling in these or those processes. Western
    media present events in Russia in a thoroughly negative light. Yes, we
    have problems, and these need to be covered. But the fact remains that
    there is a propaganda campaign being waged against Russia. And this is

Dual citizenship 

  *"I have never concealed my dual citizenship. People involved in state
    business should probably declare their dual citizenship if they have it. I
    do not see this as an infringement of any human rights."

About Volga Group 

One of the largest investment groups in Russia, Volga Group has investments in
18 core companies, located mainly in Russia. The three core strategic
investment areas are energy, logistics and infrastructure. Volga Group also
has investments in the financial services and consumer goods sectors. The
Group's largest holdings include Novatek (23%), Sibur (37.3%), Transoil (80%),
STG Group (63%).


For media inquiries:

Mr. Anton Kurevin Communications Director, Volga Advisors Email: Tel.: +7-495-777-38-98 (extn. 711)

Mr. Stuart Leasor EM Advisors Email: Tel.:
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