As Putin noted, he pulled this figure out of Gref "directly with pincers."

"Herman Oskarovich is ashamed to say that he asks the Federation for a billion. He is so rich, but he asks for a billion," Putin said.

Gref reminded the head of state that Sberbank had invested "a lot of money" in the project.

"I know. But an extra billion will not hurt from the federal budget. All right, Herman Oskarovich," the president replied jokingly. A video of their conversation was published by the RIA Kremlinpool channel.

Earlier, German Gref expressed the hope that artificial intelligence will not replace it in the workplace yet, but this process is already underway.