The Russian government’s anti-crisis programme and support to Russian enterprises should look beyond 2009, President Dmitry Medvedev said.

“I think the anti-crisis programme to be adopted -- on the basis of the decisions that have been drafted by the government on my instructions – by the State Duma together with the draft amendments to the state budget, this programme should cover not only the current period but possibly look into the future to the extent to which we can analyse this future today,” Medvedev said at a meeting with Interros CEO Vladimir Potanin on Monday.

“This difficult period may last longer than one year and maybe we should talk about how these measures will work in 2010 and 2011,” Potanin said.

“I think you are right. We should discuss these measures for the future because it is not clear how fast the situation will stabilise and recover after the crisis,” Medvedev replied.

“What we have done should not be overestimated, but nor should we lose anything of what we have done,” he added.

According to Medvedev, the fundamental mechanisms of the global crisis are not quite clear. He said international anti-crisis measures would be discussed at the upcoming G20 summit in London.

“However we should think about the creation of such a mechanism [in our own country] that will cover, unfortunately, more than one year,” the president said.