MOSCOW, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Russia is taking measures to gradually replace foreign computer software with domestically developed ones, Mass Communications Minister Nikolai Nikiforov said Friday.
"We have been preparing a set of measures to support the development of Russia's computer software sector to replace its imports step by step," Nikiforov said at an international youth forum in the city of Sevastopol in Crimea.
He admitted that people should not expect immediate results from those measures, as Russia now relies heavily on many types of foreign software products.
"It will take three to seven years" for Russia to become completely independent in the computer software sector, RIA Novosti news agency quoted the minister as saying.
Mobile operation systems and database management systems are the most vulnerable areas, he added.
The minister also stressed that the funds for developing domestic software would come exclusively from commercial sources, not from the country's budget.
Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said in April that Russia needs to end direct purchase of industrial machinery by producing them and creating related software on its own.
Rogozin also said last month that components for Russian weapons and military equipment imported from Ukraine will be replaced with domestically manufactured products in about three years.
Russia suffers from a sluggish development of domestically produced software, including Russian-language computer operation systems, mostly due to shortage of qualified personnel.