The Russian Finance Ministry is ready to reduce the VAT rate by 2 percent starting in 2004, Finance Minister Alexey Kudrin told journalists today. Currently, the basic VAT rate is 20 percent. Kudrin also noted that, during today's Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov had supported the corresponding proposal made by the Finance Ministry. Kudrin reported that the Finance Ministry would provide all necessary estimations to the government in April 2003. He admitted that the weakening of the tax burden would require "a tougher financial policy" from the government.
Earlier, the Finance Ministry proposed to introduce a reduction in VAT no earlier than in 2006.
The co-author of this disaster is the Dutch government, which did not find either strength or desire to save the lives of its citizens who were flying on that plane. The Dutch authorities did not demand Ukraine to comply with international aviation regulations
On the second day of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, a plenary meeting was held, in which Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan and IMF head Christine Lagarde took part