Medvedev 'wants faster modernisation' than Putin
President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday said the main difference between himself and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was that he wanted modernisation of Russia to move at a faster pace.
"On modernisation I have, perhaps, a slightly different position from the premier because he says... that modernisation is a calm and gradual process," he told a news conference.
"I think that we have every chance that this modernisation could be quicker, without damaging what has been achieved (so far) and to achieve a good result," he added.
Medvedev has made a bid to create an innovation-based economy that could wean Russia off its oil reserves the cornerstone of his presidency.
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