Renault executives are discussing “how we can cope with the situation in case we have to raise our prices,” Mr. Stoll said.
But the situation is still too fluid to gauge the impact, he said. “When you have such a big financial crisis,” he said, “you don’t know how the situation will move.” Asked whether Renault had expressed its concern to the Russian government, he replied, “It’s not our duty.”
American companies are also nervously watching Russia. Those companies include Ford Motor, which operates three assembly plants in Russia and recently formed a joint venture there.
The John Deere Company, one of the world’s biggest makers of farm equipment, has two factories and an operations office in Russia. “We have taken steps to ensure the safety of our employees and have restricted travel in the region,” said Ken Golden, director of global public relations for Deere. Mr. Golden would not specify what those steps were.
While Russia represents less than 5 percent of Deere’s total equipment sales, the company recently cited Russia as being key to its future growth. “We urge political leaders to solve this issue without violence and in accord with international agreements,” Mr. Golden said.