SOCHI, February 10. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin dispelled concern of Sochi residents and assured them that the state would continue giving support to the region after the Olympics.
Putin noted at a meeting with representatives of the public council that was in charge of the preparation for the Olympics that tens of billions of rubles had already been invested into the development of the infrastructure of the resort city. He said injecting more state funds into the city would be unfair to other regions.
“Just imagine that we now withdraw funds from the Altai territory to make additional investments in Sochi where tens of billions of rubles were already invested,” Putin said. “With all my love for Sochi, it should now be developed by other means, and there can hardly be additional investments now that the city has received huge resources.” “This would be poor statesmanship and unfair to people living in other territories,” Putin said.
Putin stressed that, first of all, it is necessary now to start using effectively the new infrastructure of the region: roads, bridges, tunnels, waste treatment and water intake facilities.
He said this does not mean that the state will be oblivious of Sochi. “It is necessary at least to put to use what has been created and to ensure that all this is used effectively,” he said.