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    Non-Oil Deficit in Russia at Highly Dangerous Level - Putin

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    The non-oil deficit in Russia has reached a highly dangerous level, forcing the authorities to reduce spending, but this leads to a recovery of the economy as a whole, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, Brent crude benchmark hit $34.93 a barrel, 1.5 percent down from the day before and the lowest since 2004.

    "When oil prices are high, it is very difficult to resist using oil revenues for current expenses. Our non-oil deficit has increased to a very dangerous level, in my opinion. We are now forced to lower it, and this is healthy [for the economy]," Putin told Germany's Bild newspaper.

    According to the president, the Russian economy will gradually become more stable.

    "We believe that we will gradually move toward stabilization and economic growth."

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