Russia: Putin chairs meeting on Moscow expansion

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Meeting on expanding Moscow’s boundaries
[PHOTO: Presidential Press and Information Office] 
Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin chaired a meeting on the expansion of Moscow.

The meeting was devoted to finalising the details of the decisions adopted earlier on the expansion of Moscow. Particular attention was paid to the organisational and economic issues, and efficient use of funds. In addition, the capital’s transport problems were discussed.

In a statement issued to the press, Putin said, “The expansion of Moscow is a complex and multifaceted project. We must bear in mind that the new areas are well-established districts in their own right, with their own opportunities as well as problems. It is essential that we have a detailed vision, and not just a general view, of its harmonious and – I want to stress this – integrated development.

He asserted, “We must not allow the environment or recreation potential of the new areas to suffer in any way. We must adopt a very competent approach to urban planning and infrastructure development”

The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, Moscow Region Governor Sergei Shoigu, representatives of ministries and the Presidential Executive Office.
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