Interview of Prime Minister of the Russian TV channels will broadcast live. The head of government is expected to cover a wide range of topical issues of domestic and international issues.
MOSCOW, 9 Dec. Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev will sum up year in the program “Conversation with the Prime Minister”. An interview with Russian TV channels will broadcast live.
The conversation with Medvedev journalists of leading TV channels of the country will be held for the eighth time. Interviews will begin at 12.00 MSK. For the first time Medvedev has summed up in conversation with representatives of the First channel, VGTRK and NTV in 2008, at the end of the first year of his presidency. Starting with the fourth, the meetings were attended by representatives of TV channels REN TV and Dozhd.
In 2015 interviewing Medvedev will be from the First channel Irada Zeynalova, from VGTRK Sergei BRILYOV, NTV Kirill Pozdnyakov, the TV channel “Rain” Mikhail Fishman. Is REN TV this year in the “Conversation” will engage the channel RBC TV, which will present the editor in chief Elizaveta Osetinskaya.
In 2014, the main topics of conversation was the victory of the Russian national teams at the Olympic and Paralympic games in Sochi, the annexation of Crimea to Russia and the ensuing Western sanctions, the problems in the world economy and, as a result, a record fall in oil prices.
Press Secretary of Prime Minister Natalia Timakova told reporters that in 2015, expects “the most pressing economic issues — on fiscal policy, work in conditions of sanctions, plans for import substitution”.
Difficult economic situation in Russia, in particular, due to the low oil prices and the weakening of the ruble. For 2016 due to high volatility in financial and commodity markets of the Russian budgetary policy was adjusted — the budget will be annual instead of the standard three-year period. In addition, suspends the application of the budget rule requirements to the definition of the total limit of budget expenditures. In 2016, pledged the deficit of 3% of GDP.
In his address to Parliament on 3 December, President Vladimir Putin expressed support for development institutions and the need to save them from bad debts. We are talking, including about the Bank’s activities. The head of the Ministry of economic development said that the support of the VEB can be accomplished only at the expense of budgetary funds.
Issues of import substitution, which was discussed and in 2014, became important after the introduction of sanctions against Russia and its retaliatory measures due to the deterioration of relations because of the situation in Ukraine. Then Medvedev said that Russia is able in the medium term to abandon unnecessary imports. Russian government and business are trying to switch to domestic production in the oil and gas sector, mechanical engineering, petrochemistry, metallurgy, transport, agriculture.
The government has developed an anti-crisis plan, which envisages support, including projects on import substitution. Putin in the message has declared that Russia by 2020 should grow their own food. The Federal Ministry of agriculture believes this plan is realistic.
In last year’s interview Medvedev was also hotly debated Amnesty of capital. In 2014, Putin in the message to the Federal Assembly proposed to extend it for six months, and the government — to consult with the business community, As explained by the President, announced in 2014, the Amnesty of capital has not received the desired scale.
Possibly, international relations will also be discussed during the meeting of journalists with the Prime Minister. In particular, attention is drawn to the topic of combating international terrorism, including Islamic state (DAISH, prohibited in Russia). Russia repeatedly talked about the need to fight with full coordination between all countries and a single coalition, as this threat is identical for all States.
From September 30 to Russia at the request of President Bashar al-Assad began to apply airstrikes against the “Islamic state” and “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” in Syria. During this time, the Russian military made more than 2 thousand sorties, destroying several hundred fighters and about 3 thousand objects of terrorists. The coalition led by the US since September 2014 strikes on the is positions in Syria, bypassing the UNSC and without coordinating its actions with the Syrian.
Another important issue is the relations between Russia and Turkey, are experiencing a crisis after November 24, Turkish F-16 shot down in Syria, the Russian bomber su-24. Putin called it a “stab in the back” by the allies and signed a decree on measures to ensure national security and on the special economic measures against Turkey. On 1 December, was promulgated decree of the government in the development of this decree.
A year ago Russia, abandoning the gas project South stream, proposed the idea of building a hub in Turkey and the pipeline “Turkish stream” for gas transit to other countries. However, due to the complications of relations between the two countries negotiate a gas pipeline “Turkish stream” is suspended.