MOSCOW, December 25. /TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has admitted at a government meeting with President Vladimir Putin on Thursday that the country’s economy has accumulated many internal problems and the Cabinet in 2015 should focus on their settlement.
According to the president, “The hardships we are facing are not only external, they are caused not only by the sanctions restrictions or by restrictions linked with the objective international situation, they are also caused by our mistakes that have been made over the years.” Putin said that “all this is historical inheritance,” adding that the government has tried to change the structure of the national economy and make it more innovative. “Much has been done on this track as well, but the recent events have shown that’s not enough,” he said.
“It’s obvious that the number of problems piled up in the economy is huge, and as Vladimir Vladimirovich (Putin) has just said, not all these problems are caused by the external pressure or fluctuation of oil prices,” Medvedev said.
According to him, there are internal problems of the Russian economy that were piling up during the Soviet and post-Soviet periods and that the authorities must solve to the extent possible. “The work of the government will be focused on this,” the premier said.
Medvedev said another equally important task was to secure the functioning of all the key enterprises. “Anti-crisis measures, naturally, will be prepared on the instructions of the president and on my instructions. Some of them are already being implemented, part of them should be introduced in the short run,” Medvedev told the president and government officials.