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Russia wants to participate in bilateral programmes for cross-border cooperation with Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Finland, Sweden and Estonia, Shkred said on the sidelines of an international forum for partner regions of Russia’s Kaliningrad region, being held in the resort town of Svetlogorsk.
Besides, Russia “is considering the possibility of joining the (European Union's) Baltic Sea Region Program and the Northern Periphery Programme uniting Arctic regions”, he said.
The program’s overall budget is estimated at 400 billion euros, including 200 million euros Russian funds.
Priority was given to projects connected with cross-border infrastructure development, construction of border crossing checkpoints, development of small and medium-sized businesses, ecology and environment protection, he said.
Shkred noted that more than 200 various projects had been implemented within the European Union's cross-border cooperation programme in 2007-2013. The total budget of programmes with the participation of the Kaliningrad region reached 145 million euros, more than a third of which was allocated by Russia.