Thursday, April 21, 2011

Putin: "The fear Fukushima nuclear after helping the Russian economy"

Moscow .- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, has been optimistic about the Russian deputies against the good prospects that are opened in the energy market for his country. According to the head of the Russian government after the nuclear disaster Fukushima (Japan) European countries need more energy resources from Russia, the world's leading supplier of natural resources, especially oil and natural gas.

However, Putin said that "we must not relax." On the contrary, "the current market conditions for minerals and hydrocarbons only underscores the need to move quickly toward a new model of economic development." "Given what is happening in Europe after the catastrophe of Fukushima, the need for raw materials will increase.

Germany has decided to gradually close its nuclear facilities. And the same trend occurs in other European countries. Therefore The demand for energy sources will increase, "Putin has predicted. During his annual address to Parliament (Duma), overwhelmingly dominated by members of his party United Russia, Putin pointed out that the resources now hold the Russian economy are not infinite.

"Before the crisis had the opportunity to increase exports of natural resources and affordable loans outside Russia. These sources played an important role in our economic growth. But now the sources are significantly limited. I do not mean they have disappeared, but we must concentrate on the domestic market in the dynamic development of sectors outside oil and gas, "said Putin.

Diversification became essential element of the discussions on the Russian economy with the arrival of the global crisis and the sharp decline in oil prices, which came to touch the $ 160 a barrel. When the price dropped suddenly and Russian customers reduced their demand, in deliveries of Russian government began to experiment in the flesh is not good base everything on the black gold.

Putin has re-emphasized in this theory, and called for modernizing the national industries (anchored in a post-Soviet past and failures, as did other countries, a conversion ) and develop new technologies to reduce dependence on hydrocarbons. Despite these caveats, the Russian prime minister has insisted, however, in the good economic situation in Russia.

"In 2010, Russian GDP grew by 4%, the lowest highest among G-8 countries, "Putin said. Government forecasts for this year indicate a growth of 4.2%. In 2009 the Russian GDP fell by 7.9% due to the crisis. These figures place Russia well placed to any backlash from the current electoral crisis.

Before the crisis during the time of Putin, who was president between 2000 and 2008, and from then Prime Minister, the country grew at a rate higher than 7 and 8%. "By early 2012, the Russian economy will fully offset losses from the crisis," said the politician. Although the speech was intended to inform the Parliament of the government action in the last year, Putin has used his platform to sing the hits during the years of crisis (such as increased pensions and reducing unemployment from 7 to 5 million) and has plans to 2020.

Putin said that measures to support the Russian financial system to the state have earned 200,000 million rubles (5,000 million euros). Furthermore, defended the policy of accumulating reserves in the years preceding the crisis. These reserves, for example, allowed the Putin government to devalue the ruble in a controlled manner at the worst times of crisis.

"After this last crisis our total debt is just over 10% of GDP. It is a safe level, one of the lowest in the world," said Putin. In 2020, Putin wants Russia to be one of the top five world economies. Currently ranks sixth. And is that if the crisis has shown one thing at Russia, he said, is that "we must be independent and strong" to resist foreign pressure.

One of the main problems of the Russian economy is inflation. Putin hopes that by the end of the year is between 6.5 and 7.5%. If successful, it could be considered a success. His attempts to lower the figure, which exceeded the two-digit years, were surprised by the crisis. Now Putin wants to take it by the horns.

The smooth functioning of the economy should bring stability, and that investment, one of the main objectives of the Government and the Russian president, Dimitri Medvedev. So Putin rejected during his two-hour speech "dangerous movements and ill-conceived experiments," referring perhaps to the liberal opposition.

"A strong country in economy also must be strong militarily. This will allow Putin said, to remove external threats . In this sense, he presented to MPs an ambitious program to modernize the Russian army weapons. And he promised to spend something over 500,000 million euros in this game until 2020.

Much of this money will be devoted to modernizing Russian Fleet and the production of missiles, which from 2013 will double the current production.

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