2 Dec 2009 15:57

Kudrin: Russian budget received 450 bln rubles more than planned

MOSCOW. Dec 2 (Interfax) - Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said that the federal budget had received 450 billion rubles more revenue in 2009 than originally planned.

Speaking at a meeting on economics chaired by the president, Kudrin said: "We were able to achieve higher revenue than we had planned back in February-March, when we revised the budget and approved the anti-crisis plan.

"That will make it possible to finish the year on a sound basis, carry out all planned spending and begin on a planned basis carrying out spending next year," he said.

Kudrin also said he is confident the government will approve all the required statutes that will allow the ministries and other government bodies to receive full financing effective January 1.

He recalled that beginning next year financing will be provided once - at the start of the year - rather than quarterly or monthly.

Deputy prime minister and the head of the government administration, Sergei Sobyanin, confirmed that the government would do everything possible to achieve the goal.

Kudrin began his report by thanking the president for signing the budget law for 2010 and the 2011-2012 planning period.