Putin urges for economy's diversification - KMOV.com

Putin urges for economy's diversification

MOSCOW (AP) -- Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who is running for the Russian presidency, says Russia must diversify its economy away from oil and gas to high-tech products to ensure its "sovereignty."

Putin wrote in his article in the Vedomosti daily on Monday that "Russia cannot afford to have an economy that does not provide us with stability, sovereignty or prosperity."

Five weeks before the presidential election, Putin is expanding on crucial points of his campaign programs in weekly articles in the Russian press.

Columnists in Vedomosti have blasted Putin's article as lacking substance

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