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Russia’s Kaliningrad collects aid for Crimean people

March 02, 2014, 15:49 UTC+3 KALININGRAD
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KALININGRAD, March 02, /ITAR-TASS/. During several days, residents of Russia’s western Kaliningrad have collected over three million roubles to assist Crimean people, Governor Nikolai Tsukanov told Itar-Tass on Sunday.

Head of the Russian most western region has addressed the local business community and officials of the local government to collect money for people in Crimea, who are facing complicated situations now.

“We have seen response from many businesses and officials,” the governor said. The region will transfer the first three million roubles on Monday, March 3 as the region and Crimea settle the necessary procedures.

The region will continue collecting money for Crimean people, the governor said.

The Kaliningrad region is also ready to offer different forms of assistance and support, the governor said. For example, should it be necessary the region may offer temporary accommodation for groups of children and the elderly.

“Together will everyone in Russia we worry about our friends and relatives, about our compatriots in Ukraine,” the governor said.

Tsukanov expressed hope the events in Ukraine would not affect signing of a cooperation agreement between Kaliningrad and Sevastopol, which is due in May. The agreement covers development of the social and economic partnership and implementation of projects in education and culture.

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