` Asia Pacific Largest Most Briskly and Developing Market ‘

#AceFinanceNews – MOSCOW – May 24 – The European countries should use a calculator to see whose natural gas is more beneficial for them to buy, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told the Vesti v Subbotu (News on Saturday) TV programme.

“They always come with new ideas” where they could buy gas, even ready to import liquefied natural gas from overseas, said Medvedev. But a simple calculation would show whether the European economy would endure that and how much such gas supplies would cost, he added.

Natural gas imports from the U.S., according to Medvedev, would cost Europe 40-50% more than Russian gas.

“But the main thing is that you need to arrange supplies,” Medvedev said. The U.S. search for new sales markets is comprehensible, but the Europeans behave strangely, he believes: “Why stand in their own light?”

Europe should appreciate long-term relations as Russia does it: “Our gas relations with Europe are imperishable. We appreciate them as this is a very large and important market for us.”

This, however, did not mean Russia would always do the same thing, and as it is developing and expanding, it could seek other markets seeing nothing shameful in that, he said.

Speaking of the EU plans to diversify gas supplies, Medvedev said it was also Russia’s aspiration, and negotiations with Asian partners had been held exactly for this purpose.

Asia Pacific is the largest and the most briskly developing market… and could become the major market for Russia,” Medvedev said.

The long-expected deal with “the Chinese friends” is “a big success”, believes Medvedev. The contract with China ensured Russia’s stability given the present relations with Europe and the EU, and “we pivot both sides and stand on our own legs”, said the Prime Minister.

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` Russia Allocates Seventy Billion Roubles for Crimean Development ‘

#AceFinanceNews – MOSCOW – May 24 – Russia has allocated about 70 billion roubles, or abour $2 billion, for the development of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol since the two new regions joined the country, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told the Vesti v Subbotu TV programme.

This was the reserve financing that by no means harmed budget financing of other Russian regions, he added.

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` Ukraine's Overall debt to ` Russia ' stands at $16.6 Billion of which $2.2 Billion is Accumulated Gas Debt '

#AceFinanceNews – MOSCOW – April 09 – Ukraine’s overall debt to Russia stands at $16.6 billion, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday at a meeting with President Vladimir Putin dedicated to the situation around Ukraine.

“Three billion dollars is Ukraine’s debt, the accumulated gas debt stands at $2.2 billion, and what we consider Russia’s profit shortfall stands $11.4 billion, which brings the total sum to $16.6 billion,” Medvedev said.

“We use the same approach in regard to our Ukrainian partners as regarding other partners, the key principle is that contracts should be implemented,” the Russian premier said.

He recalled that Russia and Ukraine have an agreement signed in 2009, which should be implemented. In his words, the document stipulates “a switch to the advance system of gas payments if the debt has not been repaid”.

“We could have switched to the advance payment system earlier, but we did not do that because we understood the difficult economic situation in Ukraine,” Medvedev said.

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#AceFinanceNews MOSCOW March 24 Crimean companies transferred to…

#AceFinanceNews – MOSCOW – March 24

Crimean companies transferred to Russian jurisdiction will be exempt from taxes for transitional period, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.

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#Russia : “Vladimir Putin has Recommended Official’s `Optimise’ the `Funds’ Allocated for `Press’ Coverage”

#AceFinanceNews says Putin orders governors to slash PR budgets

Published time: January 20, 2014 10:57
Russian President Vladimir Putin (RIA Novosti / Mihail Metzel)

Russian President Vladimir Putin (RIA Novosti / Mihail Metzel)

The Russian president has recommended officials ‘optimize’ the funds allocated for press coverage of their work after mass media uncovered unprecedented growth in such spending in regional budgets.

The presidential order to optimize PR budgets must be fulfilled before February 1, reads the document published on the official Kremlin website. The Finance Ministry was made responsible for overseeing the process.

Putin’s order came after a whole series of controversies emerged a short time after a scandal in the central Russian Saratov Region. In December last year, the pro-Putin political movement United People’s Front officially complained to the president that the governor of the remote Far East province of Sakhalin planned to spend 680 million rubles (over $20 million) of budget funds on “improving his image” in just three years.

Putin expressed surprise over the news, but the Sakhalin public servants quickly justified the move, explaining that the huge sum was to be spent on “improvement of the state governing system” as a whole and actual “reporting on the activities of state power bodies” only required 50 million rubles (about $1.5 million).

Still, after the United People’s Front’s move the problem has come to the attention of both the authorities – who are currently looking for any opportunity to cut expenditures in the face of a looming budget deficit – and the media.

The head of the presidential administration, Sergey Ivanov, has called for regional officials to stop “fooling the people” by reporting about all governors’ actions and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has urged greater independence for regional mass media, including the switch from budget financing to self-accounting.

Popular internet news site Slon.ru has published a research report made by an expert of the Fiscal Politics Center, who claimed that although the expenditures on mass media amounted to about 1 or 2 percent of the regional budgets, they continued to grow even when budgetary income began to decrease – sometimes several-fold, such as in the Sverdlovsk Region (264 percent growth in 2013 compared to 2012) and in the Astrakhan Region (528 percent).

Such a trend can be explained, at least in part, by the political reform of 2013 that reinstated direct elections for heads of federation subjects, who were previously appointed by the president and only required formal approval from regional legislatures.

Federal parliamentarians and top officials have claimed that the changes would give more legitimacy to regional leaders and also give the political system a new impetus for development.

The first nationwide election day under the new rules took place on September 8, 2013.

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