“The border should be open and accessible for all law-abiding people, and barriers must not be put up against legitimate business transactions, cross-border cooperation or the realisation of Russia’s vast transit potential.”
Prime Minister Putin and Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Yuri Trutnev discussed efforts to improve national parks and nature reserves in order to assure a high quality of environmental tourism services. Vladimir Putin pointed out that even low-income individuals should be able to afford visits to these parks and nature reserves.
The focus of the meeting was on measures to increase supply on the domestic petroleum products market, in part by transitioning to a new system of taxation for the industry. Mr Sechin also reported to Mr Putin on the implementation of the prime minister’s order on concluding defence procurement contracts, particularly in shipbuilding.
“Thanks to the Health national project we have managed to solve the most acute problems in healthcare. I repeat, only the most pressing problems. Now, under regional programmes, we must effect qualitative change in improving healthcare in the Russian regions. This is above all about upgrading the quality of medical help on offer, ensuring it is accessible and of course, it is about decent pay for medical professionals, medical workers.”
“Quality, modern education is the guarantee of the sustained development of our country, the foundation for realising one’s potential and for expanding social and economic opportunities for all the country’s citizens, and a strategic resource of Russia that we must strengthen and make full use of.”
Summing up the results of the federal budget execution for the first six months of this year, the prime minister noted positive economic trends in Russia and discussed further steps to promote the development of integration processes in the Customs Union and Common Economic Space, as well as on a bilateral basis.
At the meeting, Vladimir Putin and Ivan Dedov discussed the work of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, its partnership with the Ministry of Health and Social Development, and its participation in modernisation programme of the health care system.
“I am very pleased that the Russian Popular Front is truly becoming a platform for discussing highly important issues in a variety of areas of the government’s work. This includes the important work with people with disabilities, and the creation of an environment that will encourage their self-expression, foster their self-confidence and allow them to feel fully functioning people.”
Anatoly Chubais told the prime minister about the company’s latest R&D, emphasising in particular the introduction of Russian-manufactured cutting-edge materials for military and civilian aircraft building. In addition, he showed Mr Putin a prototype of an electronic textbook, to be introduced in schools in several regions of Russia under a pilot program.
“The Common Economic Space should be operational starting on January 1, 2012, resulting in a higher level of integration between Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan. I am confident that this substantial and far-reaching project will be implemented successfully.”
“This is a very important event, not only for the residents of St Petersburg, but for all Russians who love Russia’s northern capital, this unique open-air museum of a city.”
During the meeting, the prime minister informed that both the charter of the Strategic Initiatives Agency and the composition of its supervisory council have been approved. "The supervisory council includes representatives of the business community and public organisations, as well as heads of regions with experience of supporting entrepreneurship and the modernisation of the social sphere; they've been selected and appointed," said Vladimir Putin.
“…what matters most is the realisation of our roots, the awareness of our identity. When we have this awareness, it is easier to get our bearings today and acquire a vision for the future.”
At the meeting they discussed the bank’s performance results for the first six months of 2011 and the implementation of major infrastructural projects by VTB in St Petersburg. They also discussed the situation in global markets. Andrei Kostin reassured the prime minister that Russian banks are fully prepared to withstand the crisis even better than two years ago.
The conversation focused on the implementation of Vladimir Putin’s instructions to the region, issued during his driving tour along the Chita-Khabarovsk highway in August 2010. The governor reported that all the instructions, including construction of necessary infrastructure for the new highway, are being fulfilled. The two officials also discussed the region’s socio-economic development, including the modernisation of healthcare and education.
The Sberbank CEO shared his impressions of his visit to the Olympic facilities in Sochi and told the prime minister about the financing of several projects in Belarus.
The prime minister and Mr Patrushev discussed the Russian Agricultural Bank’s financing of agricultural producers during the harvest.
“I would like to emphasise that ensuring the broad involvement of young people in addressing our common problems, providing them with access to education and creating opportunities for their professional self-actualisation are among the key priorities of our state policy. We intend to pursue these goals here in the North Caucasus. At the same time, we need to understand clearly that this region is very distinctive and has its own ethnic and cultural particularities.”
Among other issues, the discussion concerned accessible environment for physically handicapped persons. Mr Putin proposed to begin forming the barrier-free environment with the Russian government building. “Let’s start with ourselves. I ask that the Ministry of Finance promptly and efficiently allocate funds from the government’s Reserve Fund for this purpose,” he said.
“I am happy to be among those who seek, propose, and achieve their goals, both for their own personal development, and to make their country stronger and more majestic.”