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President of Russia had a working meeting with Head of Karelia

President of Russia had a working meeting with Head of Karelia

President of Russia had a working meeting with Head of Karelia

On July 20 in Moscow the President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev has held a working meeting with the Head of Karelia Andrei Nelidov. As Andrei Nelidov has informed, one of the main issues discussed at the meeting was development of tourism as a strategic priority of development of the republic. As Head of Karelia has mentioned, Dmitry Medvedev has supported the strategy developed by the Government of the republic and has instructed to include a number of corresponding republican programs in the existing federal target programs.

Besides, the issue of transferring some republican roads to the federal ownership was discussed. First of all, it concernes the road connecting Medvezhyegorsk and Vologda which reduces the way from Murmansk to Moscow by 350 kilometers. According to Andrei Nelidov, this offer was regarded with favour, and the President has instructed to consider possible inclusion of this line in the list of roads of federal significance. Thus, Head of Karelia has emphasized, planning the regional Road Fund next year the republic will be able to assign more money for repair and maintenance of internal roads in Karelia.

The third issue that was discussed at the meeting was creation of a children's sanatorium complex on the basis of Marcial Waters (Martsialnye Vody) spa. It is supposed to build a large medical institution for children able to serve children of the Northwest with gastrointestinal diseases, pulmonary diseases, etc. As Andrei Nelidov has pointed out, the President of Russia has supported offers of the republic.

Head of Karelia has also reported to the President of Russia about the situation with forest fires in the region and about measures being taken for prevention and suppression. As Andrei Nelidov has reported, as of today, in Karelia is has been registered only four forest fires, thee of them are active (in territory of 1.1 hectares). "We have focused attention on early detection. – Head of the republic has emphasized. – On the time when the fire is revealed it depends what forces should be hurled into its suppression. Revealed in five days, it requires complex solutions, aviation, helicopters, however, for a fire revealed in one hour a person with a knapsack suffices. Today we detect 70 percent of all fires on the first day."

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