“We’re attentively monitoring the prices and believe us no one wants to be engaged in a political suicide. If the government initiates the increase in social payments and the provision of aid to people with one hand and use another hand to take it away via uncontrolled prices – people would not understand this,” he said in an interview with the Fifth TV Channel on May 4, 2012.
He said that over the first three months of 2012 prices grew by 0.7%, and taking this into account the indicator should not increase 3% by the end of the year, although the cabinet forecasted a rise of 7.9%.
“Last year we first saw inflation of 4.6%. When the prices do not grow, this is a trouble for the country, a large trouble compared to the situation when the prices grow by 7-8%. This means that there is no demand, and if we increase demand thanks to the increase in pensions, all payments, of course, the prices will grow. However, we’ll make everything to have the prices absolutely regulated, so people could see at the end of the year that they will win from this,” the vice premier said.