Russian PM wants Cabinet to curb inflation

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MOSCOW, July 14 (RIA Novosti) - Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov demanded Thursday that Cabinet ministers take measures "to curb inflation" and double GDP.

In the six weeks left before the 2006 budget is submitted to the State Duma (the lower chamber of the Russian parliament), it is important to pay particular attention to these issues, the prime minister told a government session Thursday.

"We have no time for abstract deliberations," Fradkov said.

He instructed Minister of Economic Development and Trade German Gref to complete work on clarifying socioeconomic forecasts and to coordinate federal target programs with ministries concerned.

The prime minister also told Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin to play a proactive role in this process.

Fradkov said a meeting President Putin had held with the Cabinet and Duma leadership on Monday had virtually reviewed their work in the first six months of this year. "The president set us clear objectives that should be accomplished before the end of this year," the premier said.

These tasks include above all "curbing inflation" and providing sufficient economic growth for doubling GDP.

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