Federation Council Speaker Yegor Stroyev is supposed to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss a question on the prevention of national and religious conflicts in the south of Russia, Stroyev told an RBC correspondent. Stroyev noted that this question was raised at a sitting of the Federation Council by ex-governor of the Krasnodar territory Nikolay Kondratenko, who read an appeal to the president from the Council of Atamans of Kazakh troops. The appeal draws attention to provocation directed at conflicts between people of different nationalities and religions in the south of Russia. Stroyev vowed to hand the appeal over to the president. According to the speaker, the attention drawn to this problem would become a beginning of the settlement of conflicts, because most people are tired of the war in the North Caucasus. Stroyev mentioned that representatives of the Federation Council committee on regional policy had visited North Caucasus regions and made serious conclusions. Stroyev declared his intentions to meet Akhmad Kadyrov, the head of the interim administration of Chechnya, today to discuss a question on a closer interaction between Chechnya and the federal center.
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