Leaders of the State Duma centrist factions will discuss the 2003 draftbudget with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov on August 24, 2002,Gennady Raykov, head of the Narodny Deputat (People's Deputy) faction saidin an interview with RBC today. According to him, the meeting will takeplace in the House of Government at 15:00. Oleg Morozov, head of theRussia's Regions faction, told RBC that the government would submit thebill on the 2003 federal budget to the State Duma "at night on August 25 to26", which is in line with norms of the Budget Code. Morozov also stressedthat at tomorrow's meeting with Kasyanov leaders of the centrist factionsmight discuss other questions as well..
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