“We may have different approaches to problems, but our common goal is to improve the quality of life in Russia, to make it more decent, comfortable and prosperous, to create conditions for resolving demographic problems so that we can have more children and more happy children, and to help people in trouble, people with special needs.”
“A great deal has been done in recent years to advance Russian-Chinese relations. We don’t have a single irritant in our relations, but we do have shared interests. We’ve managed to develop effective instruments for achieving our common goals, with the most important of these being higher living standards and socio-economic cooperation.”
“We need to see the prospects, and in this respect it is no secret that strategic forecasting is an important component of the development strategy for our economy and for this country in general. This is not idle talk, nor is it guesswork. We must proceed based on expert evaluation of the development of the global economy and the Russian economy, and to take a close and professional look at a more distant perspective.”
“Today’s meeting should mark an important step toward preparing draft budgets for 2013 and 2014-2015. We’ll need to do the groundwork by laying down tax and customs policy guidelines and economic development projections for the next three years.”
In his address at the meeting Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said that in Russian politics “the president is primarily a consolidating figure for all political forces and citizens.” He added that he considers it proper to resign as chairman of the United Russia party after his inauguration. However, he expressed confidence that he would continue to actively work with the party. “I count on your support in the implementation of the tasks that I formulated as a presidential candidate in this election cycle,” the prime minister said.
The prime minister and the governor discussed issues related to the region’s socio-economic development in 2011 and the first quarter of this year, including the situation in the manufacturing and residential construction sectors. Mr Putin inquired about progress in the region’s healthcare modernization programme and asked about the salaries of teachers and doctors. Mr Belykh told the prime minister that in March 2012 the teachers’ salary was 54% higher than in March of the previous year, and its level is expected to reach that of the average salary in the region this year.
Mr Putin and Mr Khristenko discussed key areas of activity of the recently established Eurasian Economic Commission which, according to Viktor Khristenko, “has been fully operational since day one.” The prime minister inquired as to whether there were any difficulties in its work and whether the commission needed any assistance from the Russian government.
“We must create the most favourable conditions we can for families with children. Everything is important here, from government support, to the solution of housing problems, to the development of preschool education and labour market benefits.”
“We are creating a functioning mechanism for harnessing the initiatives of Russian society. The State Duma should debate citizen proposals that get 100,000 authorised signatures on the internet.”
“Now that we’ve overcome the crisis, we’ve seen inflation drop to its lowest rate in twenty years – 6.1%. Our total sovereign debt is under 10% of GDP, which, as we know, is far less than in Europe and the United States. Our foreign exchange reserves are now the world’s third largest. This country is on the threshold of a new era.”
“I believe that current economic, administrative and other conditions in Russia provide a historic chance to turn around the situation in the housing sector. We have everything we need to do so today, including land, financial and administrative resources.”
“Russia, which marked last November the 100th anniversary of its participation in the Olympic movement, understands the great significance of sport’s humanitarian mission and its enormous role in the life of individuals and in the life of nations.”
“Shelf deposits, primarily in the Arctic, without any exaggeration, are our strategic reserve for the 21st century. We must utilise it very responsibly and efficiently, complying with the highest standards of environmental protection.”
“We share one country; therefore, the different political forces willing to make constructive efforts should adopt, and be united by, the goal of advancing Russia’s development.”
“Since its inception, the Russian Geographic Society has borne a powerful patriotic charge. The society’s initiatives brought together the most prominent and educated people, selfless enthusiasts and hard workers truly devoted to our Motherland.”
The main topic for discussion was on how to improve the environmental situation in Norilsk. In addition, the prime minister wanted to know how a series of social issues at the enterprise were being addressed. The subject of resettling workers who wanted to move to other regions in Russia when they finished working at the company also came up.
“We have every reason to believe we can solve the issue of providing permanent accommodations for Defence Ministry military personnel in the near future, either in late 2012 or in early 2013,” Vladimir Putin said.
“We are introducing a rule under which all government and municipal agencies will have to purchase automobiles produced exclusively within the Common Economic Space (Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan) with money provided from the budgets at all levels.”
The issues discussed included the results of socioeconomic development in the region in the first quarter of the year: salaries and teacher’s salaries, in particular, and healthcare modernisation. The governor reported that there had been a rise in industrial production in the region, primarily in the engineering sector and agriculture. One focus of discussion was on investment in the construction sector.
“I assume that the Popular Front will not cease to exist after the election, but will continue working.”
“In fact, Vnesheconombank has become an important integrated institution promoting the development of the national economy.”