The President of Russia

01/11/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/11/2023 10:50

Meeting with Government members

The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin Mishustin MikhailPrime Minister of the Russian Federation, Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Anton Vaino Vaino AntonChief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office, First Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Sergei Kiriyenko Kiriyenko SergeiFirst Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office, deputy prime ministers Tatyana Golikova Golikova TatyanaDeputy Prime Minister, Alexander Novak Novak AlexanderDeputy Prime Minister, Alexei Overchuk, Marat Khusnullin Khusnullin MaratDeputy Prime Ministerand Dmitry Chernyshenko Chernyshenko DmitryDeputy Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister - Chief of the Government Staff Dmitry Grigorenko Grigorenko DmitryDeputy Prime Minister - Chief of the Government Staff, Deputy Prime Minister - Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov Manturov DenisDeputy Prime Minister - Industry and Trade Minister, Deputy Prime Minister - Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yury Trutnev Trutnev YuryDeputy Prime Minister - Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District, Presidential Aide Maxim Oreshkin Oreshkin MaximAide to the President, Minister of Economic Development Maxim Reshetnikov Reshetnikov MaximMinister of Economic Development, and Minister of Finance Anton Siluanov Siluanov AntonFinance Minister. Minister of Labour and Social Protection Anton Kotyakov Kotyakov AntonLabour and Social Protection Minister, Minister of Culture Olga Lyubimova Lyubimova OlgaMinister of Culture, Minister of Healthcare Mikhail Murashko Murashko MikhailMinister of Healthcare, Minister of Transport Vitaly Savelyev Savelyev VitalyMinister of Transport, Minister of Science and Higher Education Valery Falkov Falkov ValeryMinister of Science and Higher Educationand Russian Railways CEO Oleg Belozerov Belozerov OlegGeneral Director of Russian Railwayswere also invited to the meeting.

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President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, colleagues,

We are holding the first meeting with Government members in 2023. I would like to congratulate you again on this event and wish you success.

Quite recently - a couple of days ago or so - we met with the Prime Minister and some colleagues from the Government to discuss the results and our plans for the new year. Mr Mishustin explained how the Government organises its work in major areas technology-wise, including the implementation of national projects.

What would I like to say? We spoke about this during a restricted format meeting - but I would like to note this again. First, I would like to thank you for your work in 2022. Nothing that our opponent had predicted for us came true. This was done, of course, primarily by the citizens of Russia, their focus, our entire focus, our readiness to face challenges and work in difficult conditions. Much credit for this also goes to the Government. Mr Mishustin managed to put together an effective, modern team of interested people - people that are interested in the results of their work. He also organised the technology aspects of all these activities, which is certainly producing the expected results.

We know (I just discussed this with our colleagues from the Executive Office this morning) that we have additional budget revenues, and they are not oil or gas revenues, but they are from non-commodity sectors: a preliminary 200 billion in additional revenues. This gives us the opportunity to meet every development objective we have and solve current tasks that are serious and important. I am referring to the tasks at the federal level and the regional dimension as well.

Of course, we absolutely need to find a solution as soon as possible for ensuring sovereign development, that is, independent development despite any external pressure or threats.

I would like to emphasise that we can reliably guarantee the country's security and interests; we will increase our defence capability and will certainly resolve all the issues related to supporting the Armed Forces, every unit involved in the special military operation.

At the same time, we will continue to implement large socioeconomic programmes and plans aimed at improving people's well-being, unlocking Russia's enormous potential, and expanding our international ties. We certainly have all the resources we need for this.

We have outlined the six key priorities for this year, and I would just like to reiterate a few points we discussed earlier.

The first point is the expansion of Russia's foreign economic relations and the development of new logistics corridors. As a matter of fact, we are working intensively towards this - we need to continue in the same vein.

Next, we need to achieve noticeable positive results in improving roads, other infrastructure, housing and utilities, although 2022 was a successful and good year in this respect. Well, what else can I say? Deputy Prime Minister [Marat] Khusnullin and I just discussed the construction sector's results the other day - good performance, one of the best in our history. As for housing construction, it is probably the best. We have taken the first steps and need to maintain this pace.

Thirdly, we need to drastically enhance the technological capabilities of the Russian economy, to stimulate the creation of new facilities and jobs. Everybody is doing it, absolutely. First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov is working in the most promising areas, and I very much hope that together with the companies that have been designated as leading companies, we will continue the work that was started last year.

To be continued.

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