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Former Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin Fears Putin Is Isolating The Country

Russia's former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, May 24, 2012. Kud
Russia's former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin speaks during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, May 24, 2012. Kudrin, Russia's former long-serving finance minister, has warned that Russia could face a dramatic drop in its GDP in case of a Greek default and a broader European debt crisis. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel)

MOSCOW, July 22. /ITAR-TASS/. Some forces in Russia are interested in the country's isolation but the Russian business wants to invest in global markets, former finance minister Alexei Kudrin said on Tuesday.

Kudrin told ITAR-TASS that he was "surprised with the extent of anti-western rhetoric that has emerged" following the Ukrainian crisis.

“Things are different in business,” he said. “Businessmen want to work, to invest, build factories and develop trade. And businessmen are very concerned about what they hear on radio and TV.”

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