21 Feb 2019 16:31

European Business Association head concerned about Calvey's detention, hopes Baring Vostok case will be investigated fully, transparently

MOSCOW. Feb 21 (Interfax) - Johan Vanderplaetse, Chairman of the European Business Association in Russia, has expressed concern about the Michael Calvey case.

The use of such criminal law instruments as detention and arrest in dealing with commercial disputes is not helpful, Vanderplaetse said at the beginning of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's meeting with Association members on Thursday. According to him, the commercial dispute should be resolved on the basis of civil law, and the defense team should act accordingly.

The Baring Vostok case may have a very strong impact on investment climate in Russia, which is quite troubled as it is, Vanderplaetse said. He said he was expecting a full and transparent investigation to take place.