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Medvedev comes to Minsk for CIS council of prime ministers

May 30, 2014, 14:14 UTC+3 MINSK
The CIS prime ministers 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, healthcare, education, and sports
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Dmitry Medvedev

Dmitry Medvedev

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MINSK, May 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev came to the Belarusian capital of Minsk to participate in a meeting of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Council of Prime Ministers on Friday.

A staff member of the Russian government said the CIS prime ministers 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, healthcare, education, and sports.

It is planned, in particular, to sign six international agreements, including those on 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 prime ministers will also review the 2013 implementation of the interstate program for innovations-related cooperation among CIS countries for a period until the 2020 target year, and a package of measures for implementation of the program in 2012-2014.

The session's agenda also includes items concerning an endorsement of a program for support and development of national sports in the CIS in the period until 2020 and a plan of measures for its implementation in 2015-2017. One of the program's goals is to develop existing national sports, as well as to bolster their popularity.

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