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.
Putin said that NATO increased its military personnel by 10,000 people in the areas where NATO troops should not even be in accordance with key documents
The choice of the city of Helsinki is not incidental as the capital of Finland had hosted US-Soviet negotiations on the limitation of nuclear stockpiles in 1969