Vladimir Putin conversation with workers at Zaliv Shipyard

August 5, 2020, 8:22:41 AM

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20 July 2020

Conversation with workers at Zaliv Shipyard.
Conversation with workers at Zaliv Shipyard.

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Conversation with workers at Zaliv Shipyard.
Conversation with workers at Zaliv Shipyard.

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With workers at Zaliv Shipyard.
With workers at Zaliv Shipyard.

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Conversation with workers at Zaliv Shipyard.
Conversation with workers at Zaliv Shipyard.

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After the keel-laying ceremony for new Navy warships, Vladimir Putin talked to the workers at the Zaliv Shipyard and answered their questions.

Alisa Shmelyova: What state measures are planned to support civil shipbuilding, including Crimean enterprises?
Vladimir Putin: Was it your director who suggested this question? (Laughter).

Actually, our plan to support shipbuilding has been developed for some time and is being implemented pretty efficiently. First, it includes subsidies for interest rates on loans and leases contracts. I may be mistaken, but this year, some 3.8 billion rubles have been allocated for this, and the same amount is planned for 2021 and 2022. This support will continue.

Second, concessional lease contracts. Here, 27 billion rubles have been allocated and spent. In 2021, 5 billion will be provided, and in 2022 the state’s contribution to the United Shipbuilding Corporation will be another 5 billion.

Another support measure is payments from the so-called scrappage grant. When a shipowner decommissions an old ship, they receive a certain payment. We have already spent some 1 billion rubles to that end; 500 million will be allocated this year and the same amount in the next two years.

As for Crimea, this year we will offer a special support measure. This is because expenses here are higher than those at other Russian shipyards. We decided to subsidise 30 per cent of the ship’s cost for those owners who place orders with Crimean Shipyards for their next vessels, including small and medium-sized ships, as well as vessels for the fishing fleet.

This is not all; the Government is constantly thinking about what else would be helpful. We will continue doing so.

Konstantin Fokin: Does the government have plans to continue building these ships?
Vladimir Putin: You know, these are the first ships based on an upgraded design. We have, therefore, envisaged a programme for additional design work; we will be studying their performance. So, yes, we are planning to do this – following practical trials.

They are good and modern ships. We are also thinking – I do not know whether the minister can hear me now out there in St Petersburg – we have also planned some minor changes in order to use them in other roles. Practically the same thing, but for other purposes. I will not expand on that now.

Yury Kulinkov: Will the state support Crimea’s privately-owned defence industry companies?
Vladimir Putin: Clearly, we are trying to load the defence industry with work. I am not sure I can come up with exact numbers for every company now, but the defence order in Crimea is quite large, in general. With regard to our general policy to support this industry, we are doing it as part of the state programme for expanding the defence industry. We developed this programme some time ago in order to give a timely start to re-equipping the army and the navy with new weapons systems. To produce it, we need modern, high-quality and world-class equipment. We started this work 10 years ago. In general, I must say that we started this at a good time because we have managed to largely re-equip the production base. To reiterate, this is being done as part of the state programme to re-equip the defence industry.

True, private companies are facing issues. What are these issues about? If the state invests a certain amount of money in a private enterprise, then, of course, it wants to have a piece of interest in that company, otherwise, it is just a gift from the state to a private owner.

Some owners are fine with that arrangement and take the deal in order to improve their company’s capacity. Occasionally, they even go as far as letting the state have the controlling interest. This is just a requirement.

There is another means of supporting private companies and another tool – the Industrial Development Fund which issues loans at a very low-interest rate, just 1 per cent. Of course, we are constantly thinking about other ways to provide support. We will definitely load Crimea's companies with state orders.

Republic of Crimea, Armed Forces, Industry

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