Vladimir Putin thinks it is important to develop the country's medical insurance system, since the bulk of the population is unable to pay large fees for medical treatment.
A good start-up capital is needed to develop the sphere, and the government is currently busy considering this, the Russian president said during a Thursday meeting with employees from the Bakulev Research Center of Cardiovascular Surgery.
The president said he hoped the government's social and economic bloc would soon solve the issue, so that it could be taken into account during the drafting of the 2003 budget. Certain aspects of the problem may actually be solved in 2002, he added.
Representatives of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation commented on the state of affairs in the Sea of Azov
Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club that Russia will never initiate military actions, including with the use of nuclear weapons