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Friday, February 23, 2018

Putin summed up the expiring year in four words

Although Vladimir Putin in the government house there is a separate large office, he’s never there, and in the White house only appears once a year before Christmas. To fit into the schedule of the head of state, the Cabinet had to postpone the meeting from Thursday to Monday, and because of the tragedy in Irkutsk to abandon the traditional glass of champagne. After the speech of President Dmitry Medvedev invited all the Ministers present at the “Cup of tea”.

photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

However, despite the negative background information, and summing up the expiring year was more than positive. The word “crisis”, persistently sounded in the walls of the White house last winter, none of the speakers uttered. And about the problems with the formation of the budget was not even mentioned.

Vladimir Putin has virtually replaced by Alexei Ulyukayev, sharing with the Ministers for their own macroeconomic Outlook. “Although some decline is still there – he said, – compared to the GDP decline last year is night and day. There is every reason to say that next year we will already reach the growth path. It is important that this growth has been sustained and has increased from year to year.”

Undoubted success in the field of macroeconomics, the President called the fight against inflation. It is, according to his estimates, will be the smallest in the last 25 years and will amount to 5.8%. The previous record was set in 2011 at 6.1%. However, as recently was able to verify that the Muscovites on the value of the lives of ordinary people, these achievements are not reflected. For example, public transport fares in 2017, will rise more than the inflation rate.

The main achievement of the government in the past year Putin believes establishing “an optimum balance between the solutions in the sphere of economy and social development”. “Nothing sensational, I will not say, when I say that the government worked with the best effect,” he praised the GDP.

In 2017, the year President expects Cabinet to ensure productivity growth, which should push GDP, and the continuation of structural reforms in the economy. Also, again, tasked to ensure the implementation of the may decrees of 2012. “First of all, it concerns increase of salaries of public sector workers, and achieving the stated targets in the demographics and health care,” the President said. Recall that a few months ago the “may decrees” was considered in the Kremlin as strategic guidelines, deadlines that can be adjusted depending on economic conditions.

Dmitry Medvedev agreed that the tasks set by the President before Cabinet, are doable. “Despite the fact that this year was not easy, after all, we can say that the economy is almost recovered, and we can count on its growth in the next year. It just creates the best conditions for fulfillment of social obligations that exist in the government and in General government to the people,” he reassured the Prime Minister. Finally, he wished Vladimir Putin success and good health in the coming year, which the President, apparently, will be the start of the next, fourth in career campaign.

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