Russian business ombudsman to attend Trump inauguration ceremony

Boris Titov file photo

MOSCOW. Jan 16 (Interfax) – Russian business ombudsman Boris Titov has gone to Washington to attend the inauguration ceremony of U.S. President Donald Trump on January 20, the ombudsman’s office told Interfax.

“Yes. Titov has left for Washington. He is expected to attend the Trump inauguration. The business ombudsman is also scheduled to have a number of meetings in the U.S.,” an official with the Titov’s office said.

The source did not say with whom precisely Titov will meet, saying that the plan is now being updated.

The press service for the business ombudsman later said Titov “will be a guest at the event at the invitation of the U.S. side.”

Besides attending the ceremony, Titov intends to meet with a number of American businessmen and discuss the possibilities of development of Russian-U.S. business cooperation.

Titov believes that “there will be a chance for considerable improvement of the atmosphere in this sphere under the new administration,” his press service said. “Russian businessmen who work in the U.S. are now faced with serious problems, which, among other things, are indicated by inquiries addressed to the ombudsman that are being received,” the ombudsman’s press service said.

Titov also intends to become familiar with the experience of the protection of the rights of small and mid-sized businesses in the U.S.

The inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump will take place on Capitol Hill in Washington on January 20.

According to earlier reports, Russia will be officially represented at the ceremony by Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak.