MOSCOW, 11 Nov. Crisis management plan can be created, and in 2016, if the economic situation will significantly deteriorate, said the head of the Russian government Dmitry Medvedev.
“Do I need a plan for the next year? We’ll see. If the situation will get worse, and we as sensible people responsible for the economic situation in the country, are obliged to consider the worst scenario, then, of course, we have to create a version of the anti-crisis plan for 2016”, — said Medvedev in an interview to “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”.
Thus, according to him, if the situation will remain the same as now, the authorities will act “normal scenario”. The authorities of the Russian Federation in January this year amid worsening situation in economy, the collapse in oil prices and the devaluation of the ruble has taken anti-crisis measures. However, already from mid-year officials began to assert that the worst predictions did not come true, and not all measures to support the economy have been applied in full.
This year the Ministry of economic development predicts a decline in GDP by 3.9%, but in 2016, according to the Ministry, economic growth will reach 0.7%. The government has decided to create a budget Fund of support of branches of economy of the Russian Federation for 2016 in the amount of 150 billion rubles.
“Let me be clear: the anti-crisis plan to live easier than in normal situation. Why? Because you have the amount of money and expect especially more on what. Always in state of activity, we have focused on what will be the income of future periods: by results of work for six months will be extra money, and we, within would be directed to priority or under-funded areas. Now this is not there. In the current environment of low hydrocarbon prices, the continuing sanctions — new revenues don’t arrive”, — said Medvedev.
In his view, the overall anti-crisis plan in 2015 worked well. “Of course, everyone criticizes him, because nobody never like the crisis, but the plan worked even if only because a number of us input is not needed”, — he said.