Medvedev: Southern Kurils development program to be implemented in full

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has vowed that programs related to socioeconomic development of the Southern Kuril Islands will be implemented in full.

"I have just visited Yuzhno-Kurilsk and traveled to Kunashir once again, and we looked at the state of affairs. I have to admit that, while there are still some problems - I mean there are quite a lot of them - there are also changes compared to what we saw last time. This is a result of the implementation of relevant programs. They will be continued," Medvedev said at a conference on Kunashir.

"We are of the view that their implementation is a priority both at the federal and, surely, at the regional level. The financing of these programs will be continued in the planned amount. We do not plan any reductions. We presume that this is necessary for the development of the Sakhalin region and the Kuril Islands," Medvedev said.

Medvedev made a point that, "the visit to the Kuril Islands by government officials is extremely important."

"It's a very important part of Sakhalin and of the whole of Russia. We  worked on this before, and the new government will continue this work," Medvedev said.

Medvedev and government officials are on a working tour of the Far East Federal District which began on July 2 and last until July 5.

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