Authorities: It's not possible to support social protections, large army, many state properties simultaneously

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich has called it impossible for Russia to simultaneously have a high level of social protection, a large army, and a lot of state properties.

"We cannot allow ourselves to simultaneously have a very high level of social protection in a system built on paternalistic principles, at the same time a very large army, and at the same time a very large amount of state property conjointly with very low prices for energy resources within the country," Dvorkovich said at the VTB Capital investment forum Russia Calling! in Moscow on Wednesday.

It is impossible to make a serious choice here, he said. "It is like for builders: quickly, cheaply, or quality. Choose one, two at most," he said.

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