Medvedev 'wants faster modernisation' than Putin

18th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

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.

© 2011 AFP

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