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Crimean adaptation into Russia not smooth — republic’s leader

September 22, 2014, 9:32 UTC+3 MOSCOW

"Nobody has a clear action plan, not an authority or anyone at any level," says Sergey Aksyonov

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Crimea's acting head Sergey Aksyonov

Crimea's acting head Sergey Aksyonov

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MOSCOW, September 22. /ITAR-TASS/. A clear plan for adaptation of Crimea into the Russian Federation does not exist, not everything is going smoothly on that way, the Crimean acting head, Sergei Aksyonov, said in an interview with the Kommersant daily, published on Monday.

“Nobody can say when the adaptation process will happen fully. We are doing everything possible to speed it up. No doubt, not everything is smooth. Not everything is done as we have thought in the beginning. The thing is we are solving tasks no one has ever faced. Nobody has a clear action plan, not an authority or anyone at any level,” he said.

While commenting on the six-year plan to develop Crimea from the subsidized region into a self-supporting one, he said: “In the framework of the federal special program it would be necessary to use the funds, allocated for construction of infrastructures, for healthcare, energy and so on. We should highlight the key points to attract funding to the budget. In many cases, we are speaking about private-state partnership in various directions.”

As for the banking system, it “is working fully” — presently, over 500 banking institutions are working in Crimea.

Speaking about the inter-ethnic relations in the peninsula, including the position of the Crimean Tatars, the leader warned: “Everyone who provokes inter-ethnic collisions anyway will be either sent out from Crimea or they will face criminal responsibility. Nobody will get away with this.”

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