Medvedev: All social commitments under 2014 budget will be carried out
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said that all social commitments will be carried out in 2014 despite the tough budget and spoken against dragging out the adoption of the financial document the way it has happened in the USA.
"The situation is difficult but at the same time we tried to do our utmost for the budget to be feasible. I would want to stress separately that this is not a figure of speech, not something special - all social commitments under the budget will be carried out," he said at a convention of United Russia party.
"The main financial document must be adopted on time even though it is borne in arguments and battling," he said.
"We cannot afford the luxury that, for instance, Americans permit themselves. We must adopt our budget on time and start living according to it," Medvedev said.
He noted that the distinctive figure of the draft budget submitted to the State Duma is the transition to a programmatic method of its implementation which should give greater independence to the regions.
"In any case as the chairman of the government and the chairman of the party that is now responsible for shaping the course of executive power I thought and continue to think that a balanced budget is the foundation of stable economic development," he said.
He also noted that voters have the right to demand that the party pay close attention to the size of pensions and salaries.