Russian President Vladimir Putin has a message for U.S. corporations: “Help” President Donald Trump.

“Help us restore normal political dialogue,” said the Russian President to U.S. corporate leaders meeting in during a business roundtable at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

He continued, “I ask you on behalf of Russia, and I appeal to the American side: Help the newly elected president, the head of the United States administration.”

U.S.-Russian trade relations have deteriorated dramatically since Russia’s invasion of Crimea.

The U.S. reacted to Russia’s invasion by applying punitive sanctions that have harmed Russia economically.

Trade between the U.S. and Russia declined by over 40% between 2014 and 2016 according to CNN Money.

“If you look at lost opportunities and lost profits, analyze that, you see that … it harms everyone,” said Mr. Putin according to an account of the meeting released by Russia’s state media.

Russia’s economy contracted significantly between 2014 and 2016.

The country’s economic reliance on natural resources, U.S.-E.U. sanctions and lack of economic diversification have hampered its growth.

The 2016 GDP of Russia was $1,280 trillion. California’s GDP was $2,603 trillion in 2016.