The main owner of Severstal, Alexei Mordashov, announced his readiness to pay higher taxes if the authorities decide to raise them. However, such decisions should be very balanced, said Mr. Mordashov.
“We will pay the taxes that are prescribed by the law. If such decisions are adopted and the legislation is revised and there are other rates and other principles of taxation, obviously, we will pay according to these principles, according to these rules, “said Alexey Mordashov in an interview with the Russia 24 TV channel at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (quote according to “RIA Novosti”).
The head of Severstal noted that it is very important to preserve common sense and commitment to a market economy when making these decisions. “Do not distort the functioning of free markets. Because ultimately, if that happens, we will all pay for it. And any measures that distort the market, such as export duties, special taxes, can have serious consequences for the industry, ”said Mr. Mordashov. He expressed hope that decisions on tax increases will be made taking into account all circumstances and will not be negative for the economy.
Alexey Mordashov also added that metallurgists are ready to give substantial discounts for large construction projects in Russia. “We will most likely give substantial discounts to our consumers in construction, especially for budget construction projects, in order to maintain this activity, to support our consumers in this difficult time for them,” he said.
Earlier, First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov said that the government does not set itself the task of “taking away” additional revenues from metallurgists, the task of the cabinet is to keep within the parameters of projects that have risen in price due to prices for metal products. Prior to that, he said that in 2020 metallurgists “pushed the state, the budget in terms of state investments and state defense orders by about 100 billion rubles.”
After that, the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov held a meeting with metallurgists. The meeting did not discuss “additional tax exemptions”.