NOVO-OGARYOVO, February 3. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin is meeting with members of the Russian government, officials from the presidential administration and executives of state-run companies to discuss current economic issues, including the use of the National Welfare Fund.
On Monday, this issue was discussed at a government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
Participants in today’s meeting include head of the Kremlin administration Sergey Ivanov, presidential aide Andrey Belousov, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, Minister of Energy Alexander Novak, Minister of Finance Anton Siluanov, Minister of Transport Maxim Sokolov, Minister of Economic Development Alexeiy Ulyukayev, head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund Kirill Dmitriyev, Rosatom CEO Sergey Kiriyenko, Rosneft President Igor Sechin, and Vnesheconombank CEO Vladimir Dmitriyev.
Providing aid to Russia’s production, labor market and financial sector are the key priorities in the anti-crisis plan, however, economic growth should be ensured as well, the Russian president said.
"Certainly, the first priority tasks in this plan are providing support to industrial production, agriculture, banking, labor market, small-and medium-sized business. But the key point is of course to provide a sustainable growth of the economy, not to miss out strategic tasks, to diversify the economy," Vladimir Putin noted.
The government has already started to implement the anti-crisis plan, he said, adding that it will need additional funds. "Just like in recent years when we came across problems rooted from external environment we used capital from the country’s reserve funds, including the National Welfare Fund," the president said.