“Entrepreneurs, investors and regular citizens who act in good faith and abide by the law must feel that their rights and interests are being protected. And money launderers, fly-by-night businesses and shady lending institutions should be consistently eliminated from the business environment.”
“Today we must make a decision on allocating over 15 billion roubles to 60 regions for an inflation-based salary adjustment. In addition, part of these funds will be used to reimburse some territories in the Far North and in the Far East for fuel and electricity expenses. There is also a proposal to channel an additional 7.2 billion roubles into priority projects in the regions, including housing, roads, sport and social facilities and so on.”
“Demography has, without exaggeration, a fundamental importance here. Each family in Russia and the country as a whole, as well as its future prospects, depend immensely on how we address this problem.”
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin believes that expanding Russian-Armenian relations are generally diverse. Notably, Russian investment in the Armenian economy has reached almost $3 billion.
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“Against the backdrop of today’s complicated global economic situation, our objective is to create the best investment climate we can to promote an influx of capital and its protection. This would allow investors to feel comfortable and to perceive our support and protection. This is the only way for us to win the competition in attracting capital.”
Vladimir Putin and Sergei Mironov discussed the issues of Arctic and Antarctic research and the development of Russian polar aviation. The Prime Minister expressed his support for Sergei Mironov’s proposals. As Vladimir Putin noted, the government programme for the development of the North Sea Route must incorporate an aviation strategy.
“We created this agency in order to provide talented and goal-oriented professionals with the opportunity for self-fulfillment <…> I very much hope that in the future, when forming the Russian government, (we have repeatedly discussed this with President Medvedev), we will pay attention to these people, keeping in mind that modern, efficient individuals are needed at all levels of power.”
“The Netherlands is one of our major economic partners,” Mr Putin said, adding that bilateral trade “has actually bounced back to its pre-crisis levels.”
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“We see each other as important partners, and our partnership is not limited to the energy sector. In fact, we’re now gravitating more and more toward high-tech sectors,” the Russian prime minister said at the meeting.
Russia’s trade and economic relations with Ukraine are developing at an accelerated rate, said the Russian prime minister. In his view, this speaks to the fact that they are “on the right path.” The Ukrainian prime minister agreed with this assessment.
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Vladimir Putin drew Vladimir Yakunin's attention to existing problems in several regions, the transport of harvested crops and other goods and difficulties in dispatching. Accordingly, Putin instructed Yakunin to rectify the situation in the most expeditious manner.
“We have decided to limit the growth of fees of the majority of natural monopolies next year. This should restrain the growth of prices in the housing and utilities sector. I’d like to reaffirm that this is the government's principled position, and it will not be reviewed. This is why I consider it inadmissible when some officials say that amendments or adjustments are possible.”
Vladimir Putin said that his visit to China was “very successful”. The prime minister also praised the overall development of Russian-Chinese relations.
“We have a clear idea of what needs to be done and how. We are facing up to our challenges, and are openly telling people about what we intend to do in our programmes. This, in my view, is what matters most.”
“Road construction in such remote areas of Russia as the Far East or eastern Siberia is also extremely important because once they are in place, they will have a multiplier effect on regional development in general.”
"The weapons produced in our country must be advanced and fully appropriate for our long-term objectives."
“We will not simply stand around. We will do our utmost to ensure that the general public and our partners, above all in the economy and politics, feel that our policy is consistent and understand that we are a stable, reliable country in which one can invest, and with which one can and should cooperate.”
“Above all else, the domestic farming industry must satisfy the needs of the Russian market and facilitate a proper balance, especially in terms of costs. We should only export surplus grain harvests. Proceeding from this logic, the government will gradually resume its measures of support with the goal of securing the position that our grain producers once held on the world markets. But I will repeat once more: our priority is domestic consumption.”
The two officials focused on implementing large investment projects and bringing investment to the region, which the Tula government considers to be one of its top priorities. According to the prime minister, the positive attitude and encouragement of local authorities can make a real difference, and “specific financial benefits” should not be the only motivation for investment.
Putin and Miller discussed Gazprom’s domestic and export operations. They focused on the recent “dawn raids” at Gazprom’s affiliates in Europe. Putin said “the Russian government will closely monitor developments involving Gazprom.”
The governor reported to the prime minister on the region’s economic growth. This year the industry is expected to grow by 6-7% and agriculture by 20%. The region fulfils its social obligations. The focus of the meeting was on the Belgorod Airport, which the governor plans to transform into one of the best airports in the country.