Russia to contribute some $20Mln to Ebola fight - prime minister

Russia will allocate around $20 million to help fund efforts to stop the spread of the Ebola virus, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said at the East Asia Summit in Myanmar.

Russia will allocate around $20 million to help fund efforts to stop the spread of the Ebola virus, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said at the East Asia Summit in Myanmar.

"Today priority should be given to measures aimed at combating the outbreak caused by the Ebola virus. Russia will allocate around $20 million for these purposes. Specialists, medication and expendable materials have already been sent to affected districts. Medicines are being developed to prevent and treat this disease," he said.

Another priority is to bolster mechanisms aimed at responding promptly to emergencies in the Asia-Pacific region, Medvedev said. Russia has made serious advances in using modern space technologies to forecast and prevent natural and industrial disasters, he added.

"We have suggested more than once that our national crisis centers should be united into a single regional network involving our European partners. This idea matches other countries' approaches and, beyond any doubt, will help further promote cooperation," the Russian prime minister said.

Plans to develop transport infrastructure and enhance cooperation by building logistic links between Russia and the Asia-Pacific region, as well as the use of Russian transit potential, including the Northern Sea Route, are of great practical importance, he added.

Russia's two major transport routes - the Baikal-Amur Mainline and the Trans-Siberian Railroad - are undergoing a massive overhaul today, Medvedev said. The country's sea ports and Europe-Asia motorways are being refurbished as well, he said.

"The possibility of Russia joining projects of the Master Plan on ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] Connectivity is being considered. I am convinced that our cooperation in this area could be mutually beneficial. Russian companies are ready to act as contractors in reconstruction projects, and also to invite partners to projects aimed at building international transport corridors," he said.

Russia is open to equal cooperation with all of its partners, Medvedev said. Hopefully, meetings as part of the East Asia Summit will make this cooperation more content-rich and more profound, he said.

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