Dmitry Medvedevthe: Ramil Sitdikov / RIA Novosti
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that sanctions against Russia are a good stimulus to work more efficiently, reports TASS.
“Of course, all this complicates our execution plans. But, on the other hand, these extreme conditions — this is a good but hard incentive to work more effectively”, — said the head of the Cabinet, speaking in the Duma on April 17.
Medvedev noted that the Russian economy is gradually changing. So, the country is much less dependent on commodity markets and better prepared to possible external shocks.
According to him, GDP in 2018 increased by more than two percent, while investment in the Russian economy — four. He also said that in 2018, Russia for the first time since 2011 came to a budget surplus, which amounted to more than 2.5 percent.
Earlier in April, President Vladimir Putin said that Russia’s future depended not on sanctions, as determined by the creativity of citizens and efficient use of domestic resources.
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