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Putin urges Crimean officials to avoid formalistic approaches

April 08, 2014, 18:52 UTC+3 NOVO-OGARYOVO
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NOVO-OGARYOVO, April 08. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday called on Crimean officials to avoid formalism in their work.

“You need to act in a flexible manner, avoiding formalistic, mechanical approaches, take into account the specificity of these territories (Crimea and Sevastopol), their legal experience,” Putin said at a meeting of the supervisory board of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI, a government-founded nonprofit organization).

The head of state said he hopes for assistance to small and midsized businesses of Crimea and Sevastopol on the part of the Russian government, ASI, the new Crimean Affairs Ministry as well as business associations.

The Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, a city with a special status on the Crimean Peninsula, held a referendum on March 16 in which most of their residents decided for the area to secede from Ukraine and reunify with Russia. The admission deals with Moscow were signed on March 18.

The developments followed a coup in Ukraine in February 2014 that occurred after months of anti-government protests.

Putin stressed that there are a lot of problems regarding the business environment on the Crimean Peninsula.

“Entrepreneurs fear that the process of re-registration and acquisition of licenses may protract. Interaction with partners and suppliers from other Russian regions has not been fully arranged yet,” the president said, adding that all those problems are in many respects technical.

Certain steps in that direction, Putin said, have already been made, including by the Customs and Tax services, the Finance Ministry and other departments.

The head of state urged colleagues to contribute to establishing a favorable business environment on the peninsula by using the best regional practices employed in Russia.

He also said residents and businessmen should be informed of decisions being made, and added that the position of the Crimean business community should be taken into account.

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