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Putin Tells New Cabinet To Be a Government To Improve the Well-Being of Citizens

Jan. 22, 2020 (EIRNS)—Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has appointed the 21 ministers for his new government. “Here, of course, the main task is to improve the well-being of our citizens and to strengthen the statehood and positions of our country in the world,” Putin said. The Russian President stated that “these aims are absolutely attainable,” TASS quoted him as telling the ministers.

Commenting on the new Russian government, the CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund Kirill Dmitriev told reporters in Davos, where he was attending the World Economic Forum, that it will work to create an economic breakthrough for the country. “We see that very successful, effective ministers kept their positions in the government. New people also came who have made significant achievements in their previous positions,” Dmitriev remarked.

“The previous government managed to achieve macroeconomic stability and create conditions for growth. The new government will become a government of economic breakthrough and will, of course, focus on growth, increasing investment and speeding up the implementation of national projects—that is, on the implementation of those tasks that the President outlined in his [Jan. 15] Address to the Federal Assembly. We think that such measures may increase Russia’s economic growth from 2% to 3% already next year, in 2021.”

In addition to Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, there are nine new ministers, and those who remain with their portfolios include Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

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