Azerbaijan and Armenia report armed clashes in Karabakh conflict areaWorld February 25, 11:45
Head of Russian delegation to OSCE PA says Ukraine not ready for dialogueRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 25, 5:02
Russian baritone Hvorostovsky cancels concerts due to continuing treatmentSociety & Culture February 25, 3:22
Russian prime minister declares 3rd Winter World Military Games openMilitary & Defense February 24, 22:33
Russia to veto UNSC resolution imposing sanctions on Syria — envoyRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 24, 22:29
Ukrainian MP Savchenko arrives in Donetsk republic to visit Ukrainian prisoners — agencyWorld February 24, 22:25
Russian Defense Ministry surprised over German MPs reaction to Reichstag miniature plansRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 24, 16:32
Iraq's PM orders airstrikes on IS positions in SyriaWorld February 24, 16:09
Nord Stream 2 financing model to be ready by year end - OMVBusiness & Economy February 24, 13:44
PSKOV, August 16. /TASS/. The gap in social-economic indicators of different regions of Russia should be narrowed by developing the lagging regions, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday.
He said that even in the current economic situation, some regions show growth, while others cannot quickly adapt to the new conditions.
"Of course, we need all together to level out socio-economic indicators across the country. It is quite difficult to do this in view of the fact that our country is very big and economic conditions, human conditions, a demographic situation in our regions are different," the premier said.
"Nevertheless, we must reduce the gap between the regions by means of an accelerated development of those (regions) that are lagging behind," he added.
Medvedev said that in an ideal situation "each region should earn its income by itself."
He drew attention to the regions without oil and gas that managed to attract investments including foreign funds.
This approach to development may vary, the premier said adding that while the Pskov region for example has "unique historical monuments", other regions may find other points of growth.
"But there are also common recipes for all regions. They imply, of course, that we have to learn how to spend money," the premier said urging the need to optimize costs.
According to Medvedev, this optimization may first of all imply "raising effectiveness of public administration."
He also called for focusing resources on the most important projects and to seek new opportunities to replenish the budget.