(Interfax – MOSCOW. April 4, 2013) Alexei Kudrin, chairman of the Civil Initiatives Committee and former finance minister, said that he sometimes meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“There are meetings with the president. But I’m not ready to discuss their contents,” Kudrin told reporters on Thursday.
Kudrin said that he shared his position at such meetings. “I express my position on certain pressing issues,” he said.
Kudrin said in 2012 that he kept working contacts with the Russian leaders and discussed economic issues with them.
“I had opportunities to meet with Vladimir Vladimirovich in the past months. He asked about my stance on certain issues and I told him about it,” Kudrin told reporters on December 18, 2012.
“I asked to meet with (Russian Prime Minister) Dmitry Anatolyevich because I wanted to invite him to the famous dinner of the World Economic Forum. We had an opportunity to discuss in general some problems of the economic policy,” Kudrin said. The former finance minister said that he did express his position on economic issues to Medvedev.
On December 2, 2012, Kudrin said he had tea with Medvedev. “The meeting with Dmitry Anatolyevich took place in late September at my request. I invited the prime minister to participate in the offsite meeting of the World Economic Forum, he came. So we exchanged visits. We drank green tea at Medvedev’s place,” Kudrin tweeted.