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Medvedev to attend session of CIS Council of Heads of Government in Minsk on Friday

May 30, 2014, 5:30 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, May 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will visit Minsk on Friday to attend a session of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Council of the Heads of State.

A staff member of the Russian government said the CIS Heads of Government would discuss more than 20 documents and decisions relating to the socio-economic development of CIS countries, their interaction in the fields of innovation, culture, health care, education, and sports.

It is planned, in particular, to sign six international agreements, including those cooperation in the sphere of interstate exchanges of scientific and technical information, on informational interaction among CIS countries in the field of ensuring transportation safety, cooperation in topographic, geodetic and navigational support of the armed forces of CIS countries, cooperation between engineer troops of CIS countries in mine-clearing, as well as a Protocol on the introduction of changes to the Agreement on cooperation in returning minors to the states of their permanent residence.

The CIS Heads of Government will also review the 2013 implementation of the Interstate Programme for innovations-related cooperation among CIS countries for a period until the 2020 target year, and a Package of Measures for implementation of the Programme in the 2012-2014 period.

The session's agenda also includes items concerning an endorsement of a Programme for support and development of ethnic sports in the CIS in the period until 2020 and a Plan of Measures for its implementation in the 2015-2017 period. One of the Programme's goals is to develop the existing ethnic sports and revive the lost ones, as well as to bolster their popularity.

The adoption of a new Radionavigation Programmme of CIS countries for a period until 2016 is prompted primarily by emergence in CIS countries of advanced national plans for the development of radionavigation support systems and means, which requires refinement of interaction, including that in the establishment of a common radionavigation field.

Considering a constant threat of the bringing and spread of animals' foot-and-mouth disease, and a deterioration of the epizootic situation in connection with the incidence of this kind of disease, a draft Package of Joint Measures has been worked out to prevent and combat foot-and-mouth disease in the period until 2020.

In order to refine response to natural calamities and industrial emergencies, changes have been prepared to be introduced to the Register of units being assigned by CIS countries to CIS Corps of Forces for the elimination of the aftermath of such incidents.

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