Jorma Ollila (Jorma Ollila) believes that the Secretary of state, USA Rex Tillerson (Rex Tillerson) guarantees the stability of U.S. foreign policy.
U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson is opposed to President Donald Trump (Donald Trump), said the former Chairman of the oil company Shell Jorma Ollila.
“When I learned that he could be the new U.S. Secretary of state, I said: “Wow.” It is obvious that his appointment was sought to make U.S. foreign policy consistent,” says Ollila.
The missile attacks the U.S. on Syria has complicated relations with Russia. Therefore, the visit of U.S. Secretary of state in Russia was extremely important.
But what kind of man is Rex Tillerson? Jorma Ollila is the only Finn, who met with him several times and knows him personally.
“He’s a very good guide, easy to converge, he understands what is happening in the world and watches over it.”
However, the appointment of Tillerson to the post of Secretary of state is an exceptional case. He’s a Texas engineer who has previously held important posts in politics.
Tillerson ten years he was Executive Director and Chairman of the Board of the oil company Exxon Mobil. A large part of his career was in Exxon Mobil.
Every Executive Director of a major international energy company is obliged to deal in international diplomacy. In addressing issues of use of natural resources it often comes to political decisions.
In the energy sector, Exxon Mobil is known as more cautious and conservative company compared to other competitors. Ollila says that the distinguishing feature of Tillerson — colorless. And he talks about it in a positive sense.
“Tillerson is the complete opposite of President Trump. At the talks, he talks about a pragmatic and rational approach with which to solve the problem. From Tillerson is useless to expect the unexpected decisions or radical approach.”
Exxon Mobil is one of the main competitors of Shell.
CEOs meet regularly to discuss energy issues and international Affairs. The competition in the energy sector often, there are projects that consider at such meetings.
According to Ollila, experience Exxon Mobil had a strong influence on Tillerson. The company is not committed to immediate victory in a short time, and consistently following their plan.
“Tillerson adheres to the strategic approach and the long term. He is not a supporter of the risks that would be making a sudden and quick movement — he consistently goes according to plan.”
Commitment to the plans and agreements — a typical feature for both Tillerson and Exxon Mobil.
On the Russian market of energy Exxon Mobil is a bit behind the competition.
Special attention in American Newspapers given when the Secretary of state Tillerson with the political leadership of Russia, in the first place — relations with Vladimir Putin.
Talk about Tillerson relations with Russia only has reinforced allegations of Russian interference in presidential elections in the United States.
“His positions and views of Russia are not different from what others working in the Russian leaders think of her. Can’t believe he has any illusions about the methods adopted by Russia. This is the pragmatism that is inherent Tillerson”.
According to Ollila, it is clear that Tillerson knows the political leadership of Russia. A diplomatic statement was made in the beginning of this week when it was announced that Putin cancels meeting with Tillerson. In the end, the meeting took place on 12 April.
“If you examine the contracts Exxon Mobil over the past ten years, we can conclude that such agreements cannot be concluded if you do not personally know President Putin”.
One of the largest projects of the company — production of oil in the Kara sea. However, the promotion of the project interfere with sanctioned.
Foreign policy is very different from the management of a large company, but experience of dialogue with Russia is unlikely to be to the detriment of the negotiations of the superpowers.
Ollila says that the last time closely monitoring the development policy of the United States, which is now painted reckless statements and actions of President trump.
Ollila believes that an important position in the foreign policy of the United States is also the U.S. Secretary of defense James Mattis (James Mattis).
“I have a feeling that Tillison and Mattis will have a personal influence on foreign policy, which is being formed. The style of both Ministers and the manner of communication is markedly different from the manners of the President trump,” says Ollila.