29 November 2012, 04:25

Medvedev convinced civil society developing in Russia

Medvedev convinced civil society developing in Russia

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev believes that the Russian civil society is maturing and becoming more open. The PM voiced the opinion in an interview for Kommersant.

"Our society is developing, becoming more modern, more open… A society of a more prosperous state, so to speak," said Medvedev.

"When a country is in bad shape, people place less demands on the authorities than they do now. In those conditions their sole task is to survive. The fact that such a public claim has soared during the 2011 elections is evidence of civil society’s growth," believes the prime minister.

Medvedev believes EU will overcome financial crisis

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev believes that EU countries will overcome the financial crisis. "The EU economy is one of the strongest in the world along with those of the U.S. and China," he said an interview with the newspaper Kommersant.

The Prime Minister said that Russia's trade turnover with Europe was $ 400 billion, almost half of Russia's foreign trade turnover. "And almost 42% of the country's foreign currency reserves are stored in the euro."

Medvedev expressed hope that this monetary currency would not be sacrificed over difficulties plaguing some European countries.

The Prime Minister recalled that the 2008 crisis began, among other things, due to an insufficient number of reserve currencies, besides the dollar. The Prime Minister expressed confidence that the developing markets, like that of Russia and other BRICS countries, will, likewise, cope with the current "ominous" economic situation.

No prospects for resolving U.S. missile defense issue - Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev sees no prospects for resolving the problem of U.S. missile defense. This opinion was expressed by the Prime Minister in an interview with the newspaper Kommersant.

"There are some issues on which Russia and the U.S. do not see eye to eye, and the European missile defense system is one of them. No matter who is at the helm in Russia, our position is unlikely to change," said the politician.

At the same time, Medvedev believes that in recent years a good deal has been achieved in Russian-American relations. In particular, a new agreement signed on reducing offensive armaments, settlement of visa issues, and intensified cooperation in the sphere of economy.

The Prime Minister expressed hope that Moscow and Washington would continue mutually beneficial cooperation.

Russian gov’t a team – Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev believes that after six months of work the government has successfully turned into a team of like-minded colleagues. He expressed his opinion in an interview with the newspaper Kommersant.

"In the course of these six months both I, as PM, and my colleagues have tried to create a common platform for our work. I believe that in this respect we have succeeded," said the politician.

Medvedev stressed he did not believe ideological uniformity was a must among the ministers. "I do not seek to achieve ideological unity in the government. A government is a group of like-minded professionals, not a party," said the prime minister.

Medvedev also said the action program of the cabinet until 2018, which will be presented next year, will also provide a system of values.

Adding Magnitsky Act to bill repealing Jackson-Vanik a mistake - Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has branded as a big mistake the adding of the Magnitsky Act to a bill repealing the Jackson-Vanik amendment. He was speaking in an interview for the newspaper Kommersant.

Medvedev noted this would induce a "symmetrical and asymmetrical" response.

In addition, because of the "North Atlantic solidarity" Europe tends to adopt the "ideological decisions" of the U.S., said the Russian head of government.

This is "narrow-minded and pointless," he concluded.

Parameters of TNK-BP deal can be adjusted - Medvedev

Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev believes that the parameters of the TNK-BP deal may be adjusted to reflect market conditions. This opinion was expressed by Medvedev in an interview with the newspaper Kommersant.

"In principle, parameters of the TNK-BP deal may be adjusted to the market situation. However, in general, the basic terms of the transaction must be maintained, unless there is a force majeure contingency," said Medvedev.

At present, Rosneft has agreements to purchase 100% of the Russian-British TNK-BP for 45.1 billion dollars and 12.84% of its shares.

The transaction is to be completed in the first half of next year.

Voice of Russia, RIA, TASS

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