When opening the Kremlin talks today with International Monetary Fund Managing Director Horst Koeller, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the country was planning to establish growth rates of 5.5-5.7% "and, maybe, even 5.8%" of the national GDP. The president said that the population's incomes in real terms were growing and that they had increased by five odd per cer over the January-August period this year. Moreover, according to him, the Central Bank's reserves are also increasing. Putin also said that "this year's inflation rate will be a little bit higher than we had expected, but lower that last year's by 2 per cent." In his turn, Koeller said that the IMF viewed Russia "as a country which is fulfilling its obligations and promises."
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