STORY: PUTIN: ECONOMIC POLICY WON'T CHANGEDATELINE: Oct. 18, 2011LENGTH: 0:00:39LOCATION: MoscowVOSOTThe Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has pledged not to change Russia's economic policy if he returns to the Kremlin after elections next year.SOUNDBITE (RUSSIAN): VLADIMIR PUTIN, RUSSIAN PRIME MINISTER"I'd like to assure all our partners once again that we by no means intend to change the economic benchmarks we have set out. We will further pursue the policy of economic modernization and improvement of state institutions efficiency. We will fulfil the goals we set and consistently implement all the existing projects." Putin announced last month that he would run for president next year, and recommended Medvedev take over his current role as prime minister after the March 4 elections.
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