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Russian President Vladimir Putin has demanded that a report be filed shortly on hi-tech zones formation
"We have repeatedly discussed the need for transition to innovative economy. The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade has made its proposals, and the government has been actively discussing hi-tech zones. But where is the draft of the document?" the president asked the government. "This week, the Finance Ministry is due to release a coordinated document to the effect," German Gref, Minister of Economic Development and Trade, answered. The president in turn said, "There should be no excessive formalities. We need real working mechanisms in this area." "I understand the concerns over the possible misuse of these instruments. But this should not prevent us from moving forward, if we think it proper," stressed Mr. Putin. "We should not give up or admit failure of administration," the Russian president said. Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin in turn stressed that the formation of hi-tech zones was only one of the steps toward an innovative economy. In his words, there are other options. However, Vladimir Putin said, "Nonetheless, they should be applied in practice." "We have been talking about them [hi-tech zones] for a few years. Now it would be essential to see some practical measures," the Russian president said. The president also demanded that innovations pertaining to the strategic missile forces not be overlooked. "We have repeatedly said that our fleet and land forces should receive due attention. But today we should not forget about the strategic missile forces either, including innovations in this sphere," the Russian president said. In his words, successful testing should not be the final stage. "The timeframe has been set. I ask you to proceed according to the schedule," the head of state said. Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov also said that German Gref and he planned to visit the Plesetsk launching site (south of the Arkhangelsk region, the north of European Russia) and the bases of strategic missile forces and space forces. "We want to see the progress of the program for developing the Plesetsk launching site and assess its prospects," Mr. Ivanov said. He also noted that this was imperative in view of the preparations of the launching complex for the heavy missile Angara at Plesetsk.
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