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RF government approves draft budget for 2013-2015

September 21, 2012, 12:28 UTC+3
On Thursday, September 20, the draft state budget for 2013-2015 was adopted, despite the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin criticised the document
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MOSCOW, September 21 (Itar-Tass) — On Thursday, September 20, the draft state budget for 2013-2015 was adopted, despite the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin criticised the document. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday that when he was president he also did not like the budget prepared by Putin. Meanwhile, one trillion roubles have been found in the budget for the fulfilment of the presidential decrees.

RBC Daily writes that in response to criticism of the president who on Tuesday accused the RF government of non-fulfilment of his own decrees, the Ministry of Finance found in the budget funds for their implementation. In 2013, as many as 277 billion roubles will be allocated to raise wages of scientists and student scholarships, increase financing of research funds and other purposes; in 2014 – the allocations will reach 381 billion roubles and in 2015 - 487 billion roubles. The Finance Ministry proposes to take resources for the programs’ financing from dividends of Rosneftegaz.

The Kommersant daily notes that it became clear from the first minutes of the meeting that the budget will not be changed. “The principles, essential terms of the budget formation remained unchanged. They stem from the parameters determined by the budget rule. And there can be no compromise here,” said Dmitry Medvedev, destroying the hope that the expenditure of the budget for 2013-2015 will be increased.

The Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper writes that according to Medvedev, the draft budget discussion is completed, and it will be submitted to the State Duma within the established deadline. “A number of budget decisions were not easy both for the government in general and for me personally, these decisions have been made, the discussion on them in the government and around the government are over, and the budget will be submitted to the State Duma within the established deadline,” he said. The new budget was calculated based on the price of oil in 2013 of 91 US dollars per barrel, in 2014 – at 92 dollars per barrel and in 2015 – at 93 dollars per barrel.

The Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily reports that the priorities of the country’s main financial document are the same as before: the fulfilment of the state’s social obligations to the citizens. “The obligations that we have assumed: the modernisation of the economy, infrastructure and social services for the benefit of our people,” the prime minister specified.

The Moskovsky Komsomolets daily notes that the pension reform, despite Mr Putin’s criticism on the subject, has not been fit into the budget. Its preparation must be completed before the end of 2012, Medvedev said. Mr Medvedev asked the present pensioners not to worry. The Pension Fund budget is balanced and will make it possible to fulfil all the obligations to pay pensions, he pledged.

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