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Russia’s Medvedev visits Donbass for measures to ensure security

An elderly woman walks in a street of Severodonetsk, in Donbass region, on April 13, 2022.
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MOSCOW / MINSK – Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev paid a visit to Donbass on Thursday to explore measures to ensure the region's security and normalize life there.

Medvedev wrote on Telegram that he met with the heads of Donbass and on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin chaired a meeting on priority measures to ensure the security of Donbass.

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Belarus will build its own port facilities in Russia's northwest for exporting Belarusian products, Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko said

At the meeting, leaders of Russia's major law enforcement departments, the first deputy head of the presidential administration, and the construction minister, also considered issues of promoting economic and social development of Donbass.

Medvedev said that the participants paid particular attention to the harmonization of Donbass' laws with Russian legislation, the restoration of infrastructure, the repair of hospitals, the preparation for the new school year, the solution to social problems, and the support of residents. 

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Belarus to build own port facilities in Russia's northwest

Belarus will build its own port facilities in Russia's northwest for exporting Belarusian products, Prime Minister Roman Golovchenko said on Thursday.

The facilities would be used for transshipment of various cargoes, including mineral fertilizers, timber, rolling cargoes, and containers, BelTA News Agency quoted Golovchenko as saying after a meeting with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

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According to Golovchenko, the port infrastructure will start working before the end of this year.

Belarus currently cooperates with nine Russian ports on different seas. According to Lukashenko, Belarus now has a good chance to create its own port infrastructure in Russia, as "The Russian Federation has opened doors for us at all levels."