RUSSIA - April 18 - Putin Addresses Duma.
In an annual state-of-the-nation address to the Duma duma (d`mä), Russian name for a representative body, particularly applied to the Imperial Duma established as a result of the Russian Revolution of 1905. , Pres. Putin warns that the country's "possibilities in world economics and politics will contract" unless it can increase its economic growth rate. He criticises the government for its medium-term forecast of a 3.5-4.6% annual growth rate. (Putin first pressed his ministers for ideas on raising the country's growth rate after reviewing the government's medium-term strategy last week. At last year's 5% growth rate, he said, the country would need another 18 years to reach the living standards living standards npl → nivel msg de vida
living standards living npl → niveau m de vie
living standards living npl of Portugal today). He says this is "not helpful" and "does not imply an active policy". He blames a "cumbersome cum·ber·some
1. Difficult to handle because of weight or bulk. See Synonyms at heavy.
2. Troublesome or onerous.
cum , clumsy and ineffective state apparatus" for limiting the country's growth potential, adding that the country needs a more compact, more open and less interventionist bureaucracy. He says: "No one is going to war with us in the modern world... but no one is really waiting for us either, no one will help us specially. We have to fight for our place in the economic sun". He repeats his calls to join the WTO See World Trade Organization. , adding that the country is "already in world trade, but (with) no say in shaping the rules of world trade". He says companies that want to "sit behind a fence of protectionists quotas" are "absolutely doomed strategically". He says the Kremlin's foreign policy is "purely pragmatic". Its main partners in the world remained the ex-Soviet countries in the CIS Cis (sĭs), same as Kish (1.)
(1) (CompuServe Information Service) See CompuServe.
(2) (Card Information S . Work with these countries is "a main foreign policy priority of Russia", he adds. Other priorities include "permanent dialogue" with the US, better relations with NATO NATO: see North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
in full North Atlantic Treaty Organization
International military alliance created to defend western Europe against a possible Soviet invasion. , and the creation of a "single economic state" for trade and investment with the EU.