As a supplier of agricultural equipment to places all around the world, including hotspots such as Russia and Ukraine, few people may have better insights into the state of global affairs than AGCO CEO Martin H. Richenhagen.
And during an interview on CNBC's "Mad Money" he told Jim Cramer, "I think if you read the signs properly we might get into a solution and avoid any kind of physical confrontation (in Ukraine)."
"That made my day," Cramer replied. "You've got boots on the ground and I think you know more than many reporters."
Richenhagen had been speaking with Cramer about his company's joint venture with a Russia-based distributor of agricultural equipment and Russian President Vladimir Putin's keen interest in obtaining better machinery.
Largely Richenhagen suggested there's too much at stake for Putin to ultimately engage in a military confrontation.
"They don't have many domestic manufacturers (of farm equipment in Russia). They need the foreign technology."