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    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev summed up the results of 2009 in a live interview aired by three federal television channels.

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev summed up the results of 2009 in a live interview aired by three federal television channels.

    Medvedev said:

    - Russia's nuclear deterrence will always be strong enough to defend national interests

    - he will sign a law later in the day to reform the Interior Ministry

    - the Interior Ministry undoubtedly needs major, drastic changes, and they will be undertaken

    - changes in the country's top establishment should take place, but they should not be sweeping

    - Russia has survived the global economic crisis with no major losses

    - Russia can see a GDP growth of 2.5% to 5% next year

    - his friendly relations with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin remain unchanged

    - Russia needs a modern, efficient and well organized military

    - a special official should be appointed to coordinate efforts aimed at improving the standards of - living in Russia's North Caucasus and assuring security in the region

    - U.S. President Barack Obama is a strong politician, and they have developed sincere relations

    - he is dissatisfied with the results of the recent climate change conference in Copenhagen

    - no force would be used to carry out modernization in Russia.

    - Russia does not support any candidate in Ukrainian parliamentary elections but hopes for friendly relations with Ukraine regardless of the poll results

    - electronic voting system will be introduced at all polling stations across Russia

    - he is in favor of tough control over migrant workers

    - the fire in Perm's Lame Horse nightclub is the result of sloppiness and negligence, which has reached a colossal level

    - control over pharmaceutical prices is essential

    - migrant drivers must receive a Russian driver license to operate passenger transportation

    - he has no doubt that those guilty for the Nevsky Express train explosion will be found

    - he will demand a reappraisal of Russian legislation in closing all the loopholes in the illegal gambling business

    - he suggests banning alcohol consumption for drivers even if in small amounts

    MOSCOW, December 24 (RIA Novosti) 

     

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