Prince Michael of Kent on business mission in Yekaterinburg. Will the ice melt?

Prince Michael of Kent, a member of the British royal family,  and representatives of British companies pay a visit to Yekaterinburg in order to foster the trade and business relationships between the countries. The event was organized by the Russian-British Chamber of Commerce, the branch of British Consulate in Yekaterinburg and  the Ural Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 

Michael of Kent commented that the choice to visit Yekaterinburg was due to the strong economy and broad international ties of the Sverdlovsk Region: “We know how actively the local business community is developing. The region attracts major players from all over the world, such as Boeing and Siemens. British companies see a great potential.” 

Illustrating the region’s international ties he mentioned  the metallurgy and mining company UMMC trading copper and gold at the London Stock Exchange and the one of the world’s largest titanium producer VSMPO-Avisma which has offices in the UK and supplies, from its large production facilities based in Ural, global enterprises.

The mission was welcomed by the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Alexander Kharlov, Minister of International and Foreign Economic Relations of the Sverdlovsk Region Vasily Kozlov, the general director of the Investment Agency Alexander Porodnov. 

“Your visit to Ural is very important, because the trade and economic relations, not to mention the political relations, have been experiencing not the best time. And you took one of those first steps that will melt that ice of mistrust which exists at the political level between our states”, said Alexander Kharlov.