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Backgrounder: Key points of Putin's policies

03-05-2012 14:35 BJT Special Report:Russia Presidential Election 2012 |

MOSCOW, March 5 (Xinhua) -- Vladimir Putin, who was Russian president in 2000-2008, has secured a new term in the Kremlin in Sunday's presidential election. Following are key points of Putin's policies.

ECONOMY

Putin advocates the diversification of the Russian economy. He stresses an innovation-oriented economy, which is now heavily dependent on energy resources.

He also promises to improve education, agriculture, infrastructure and other sectors.

Besides, Putin proposes to reduce state intervention and to adjust economic policies to attract more foreign investment.

POLITICAL REFORMS

Putin signals that Russia may implement gradual political reforms, including making adjustments to gubernatorial and legislative elections and simplifying the registration process for small parties.

He also stresses that Russia needs a 10-year stable development period and any political reform should be implemented on the basis of stability.

SOCIAL POLICY

Putin vows to enhance social welfare, create some 25 million jobs for the egghead and provide housing for some 60 percent of Russian families by 2020.

He opposes to increase the retirement age, calls on the country to pay more attention to personal health and proposes to cut mortgage payment rates.

Meanwhile, Putin also envisages a long-term demographic development plan to increase Russia's population to 154 million in the next 40 years.

ETHNIC POLICY

Putin supports a multi-ethnic society in Russia and pledges to provide financial assistance to the volatile North Caucasus region.

He also advocates the unity of the civilization and fiercely rejects any kind of separatism, extremism or terrorism.

MILITARY POLICY

Putin believes his country should keep nuclear deterrence to meet global challenges and ensure the country's strategic stability.

He also urges Russia to learn to assess global threats 30 to 50 years in advance.

With regard to the disputed U.S.-led European missile defense shield, Putin warns that Russia's response to the deployment will be "efficient and asymmetrical."

FOREIGN POLICY

Putin advocates a multi-polar world and a bigger role of the United Nations while rejects the West's "export of democracy" and military intervention in a sovereign state.

He vows that Russia would continue an active and constructive policy toward enhancing global security.

Concerning relations with China, Putin sees China as an important and reliable strategic partner and calls for closer ties between the two countries.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: Xinhua

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