Putin meets with gov't today

At today's meeting with the government Russian President Vladimir Putinordered the Cabinet of Ministers to analyze the "Belarusian problematics"due to the coming visit of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko toRussia.The President also commissioned the government to concentrate on twoevents: preparations for the new school year and for the winter heatingseason. Putin especially focused his attention on the problem ofpreparations for the school year in the regions that had been damaged bynatural calamities and asked Deputy Prime Minister Valentina Matviyenko toreport to him on this problem by September 1, 2002.Speaking about preparations for the winter season, the President stressedthat this year they were carried out "unfortunately, not like they werelast year". "There is nothing troublesome here, but it is necessary to seewhat is ongoing and what is being planned", the head of the state noted.The report devoted to preparations for the winter season was made by DeputyPrime Minister Viktor Khristenko.President Putin also informed the government of the results of UkrainianPresident Leonid Kuchma's recent visit to Moscow, RTR TV reported..

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