He said this at a public lecture at the Northern (Arctic) Federal University in the framework of the second financial literacy week for children and youth.

"I have a feeling that, if we will consistently carry out the Minsk agreements, maybe the Syrian situation will have a positive impact. By the end of the year or early next year will be a partial removal or reduction of sanctions. This is my forecast," — said Kudrin.

Earlier, Alexei Kudrin predicted that the budget deficit in 2016 will amount to 5.5% of GDP without taking into account indexing of pensions. As well as predicted reduction in the annual inflation rate below 10%.