OREANDA-NEWS. Following a meeting on the flooding in the Far East, Vladimir Putin met with the heads of urban districts and municipalities in Khabarovsk Territory.

PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN: Good afternoon, colleagues, friends,

I already had the opportunity to speak with the Governor of Amur Region. I saw what is happening here from a helicopter and talked with several residents, mainly farmers. Just now I had a very large meeting with the heads of the regions affected by the flooding and the heads of ministries and agencies that are working to prevent such conditions, rescue people and recover lost property.

I wanted to meet with you specifically, the individuals who are working on the ground directly with the local residents, who are largely responsible for notifying them, recovering lost property and, importantly, assessing the damage that we will need to restore. So I will listen to each of your reports.

I would like to hear your assessments of what has occurred, what is happening now and people’s expectations. Let’s not waste words and simply get started.