Russian-Belarusian relations are currently going through very good times, in Dmitry Medvedev’s view, because “apart from political understanding on all issues, quite impressive achievements have been recorded in the economy.”
The prime minister announced that he has issued a directive approving a programme of events celebrating the centenary of the union of Russia and Tyva and Kyzyl’s founding.
The discussion focused on a major project for the production of high quality beef in the Bryansk Region. The prime minister stressed that “we should not forget about medium- and small-sized businesses in rural areas; they employ a lot of people…” The regional governor also spoke about the housing situation for the veterans of the Great Patriotic War.
Dmitry Medvedev congratulated the new Cabinet members and outlined the top seven priority, milestone achievements that, in his opinion, Russia’s new government must address in the next six months. “How well we handle these problems will demonstrate the government’s real policy platform – as opposed to the one on paper,” he said.
“My presence here at Camp David, as the head of the Russian delegation, <...> should be regarded as a symbol of a certain continuity of foreign policy and the primacy of the reset policy, to which President Obama and I have devoted a lot of time.”
“The government has to work to achieve its goals – and these goals are complex and ambitious…”
“Today in Russia, as with any other developing democracy, a bill that directly concerns people’s interests becomes a focal point for broad discussion. Internet and telecommunications technology now allow the public to participate in drafting a law.”
“We should simply do our best to find compromises,” Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev noted, talking about the issues of bilateral economic cooperation."
The Russian Prime Minister said that Russia will fully support Armenia in its nation-building efforts, and in addressing socio-economic issues. “We remain good friends and allies,” Dmitry Medvedev said.
“These directives imply a very fast pace for the government. We have little time to prepare for them – and we must implement them despite this distracting period of forming new federal executive bodies. We have to start today.”
The meeting focused on improving social services. According to Dmitry Medvedev, it is necessary to take every effort to attract young professionals and experts who will not only enter the field because they feel it is their vocation but because there is a sound system of incentives and growth opportunities.
“These three months have shown that we are capable of working quickly and efficiently and that even the boldest ideas can be translated at least into directives. I hope that these directives, their implementation will help us create a fundamentally new environment for public dialogue and for the advancement of economic relations, an environment where anti-corruption standards will be applied they way they should.”
“This holy relic accompanied our ancestors throughout the centuries, both in times of peace and in times of war.”
“We value our relations with our neighbours, Norway in particular, and I’m sure these projects will develop very favorably and will enjoy the Russian government’s unreserved support,” Putin said.
“Our goal is to create a flexible toolkit, including fiscal tools, to make all of hydrocarbon production projects more attractive for investment. In this way, we will be able to strategically enhance Russian energy security and play a bigger role on the global energy markets.”
“As a mater of fact, a new mechanism has been created and tested for attracting foreign investment and granting foreign companies access to operate in strategic sectors of the Russian economy. Since it was formed four years ago, the commission has considered more than 140 applications from foreign companies and investors. An overwhelming majority of those applications has been approved.”