2015 was the most difficult year for Russia economically in the resent past, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said. Photo: Thomas Nilsen

“We must prepare for worst-case scenario in economy”

A continued fall in oil prices could force Russia to revise its 2016 budget, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warns.
January 14, 2016

If the oil prices are to fall even more, we will have to adjust our fiscal parameters the prime minister said at the annual Gaidar Forum on economics on Wednesday. “We have to brace ourselves for the worst scenario, as other countries do,” RBC reports. “The basic principle of our policy must remain the same - we must live within our means.” 

Russia’s 2016 budget was made in October on the assumption of $50 a barrel for oil prices. The prices right now is about $30 per barrel, but many analysts say it could even drop below $20.

Taxes from oil and gas generates about half the Russian government’s revenue.

Economy Minister Aleksey Ulyukayev told the forum that the low prices could last for years and even decades. He said that officials are now making plans to cut federal spending by 10 percent.

Following two years of only slight growth, the Russian economy in 2015 contracted almost 3,8 percent. 

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