Putin signs decree on elimination of ministry for Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed on Wednesday a decree eliminating the Ministry for Crimean Affairs, since the transition period has ended. The decree was posted on the Kremlin website on July 15.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed on Wednesday a decree eliminating the Ministry for Crimean Affairs, since the transition period has ended. The decree was posted on the Kremlin website on July 15.

"Due to the completion of the transition period stipulated in the federal constitutional law of March 21, 2014 No. 6-FKZ - on Crimea joining Russia and on establishing two new regions within Russia: the republic of Crimea and the city of federal importance Sevastopol - and in order to optimize the structure of federal agencies of executive authorities I order: to eliminate a) the Russian Ministry for Crimean Affairs; b) the State Committee for Social and Economic Development of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol," the document said.

The Russian Trade and Economic Development Ministry said it's ready to take on additional functions redgarding the upcoming abolition of the Ministry for Crimean Affairs. "The Trade and Economic Development Ministry is ready to fulfill any government order, especially bearing in mind that oversight of issues relating to federal target programs and free economic zones in the country is included in the functions of the Trade and Economic Development Ministry," the ministry official said.

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