Three journalists from the Far East were able to ask their questions to the President of the Russian Federation. A total of 61 journalists were able to get answers at the press conference.
The first Far Eastern journalist who managed to ask the president was Aleksandr Ilyin, a journalist of the 'Yakutia' newspaper. He asked, “is it possible for the bridge across the Lena River to become as much a symbol of the development of the region as the Crimean bridge became?”
“The symbol always means some stage of completion of the work and opportunities for further progress. The Crimean Bridge is an opportunity for the development of the region. Yes, the same can apply to the bridge over the Lena. It is necessary to accurately calculate. The cost of this bridge. After all, this is a very expensive project, so you need to make it clear. It bumps into the city and that's it? Or is there a development potential on the other side of the river, some kind of access to the deposits? It is necessary to compare the costs and the final result for the economy of the region. And if colleagues in the Ministries of Transport and Economy agree, we will support," said Vladimir Putin.
According to the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Development of the Far East, the authorities of the Republic (Sakha) of Yakutia are actively working on the issue of the construction of a bridge, in particular, a concession agreement is being discussed. On the sidelines of 4th Eastern Economic Forum (September 2018), a memorandum of intent was signed between the government of Yakutia, the VIS group of companies and the CRCC (PRC) of cooperation between the parties in the implementation of road infrastructure projects in Yakutia. A meeting of the leadership of the Republic with the leadership of JBIC (Japan Bank for International Cooperation) was also held, during which an agreement was signed on the implementation of a number of activities, including infrastructure projects.
The second from the Far East was the question of Sergei Milvit, a journalist of the PrimaMedia news agency (Vladivostok), on the abolition of pension reform and the return of forest fund lands to state ownership.
Ekaterina Kharina, a journalist of the Telemix Ussuriysky TV Company, asked about the possibility of consolidating the regions within the Far Eastern Federal District and about the development prospects for the Far East.
At the press conference, there were also questions from journalists from the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, which in one way or another concern the Far East. Thus, a Japanese correspondent from the Kyodo Tsushim news agency was interested in concluding a peace treaty between Russia and Japan.
“We sincerely strive to conclude a peace treaty with Japan. Because both Japan and Russia are interested in the full settlement of our relations. And not only because we need something from Japan in terms of economics. The movement is there now. Normalization is, in general, extremely important for both Russia and Japan,” said Vladimir Putin.
According to the Ministry of for Development of Russian Far East, Japan is the third strategic partner of the FEFD in foreign trade (after China and the Republic of Korea). In the first 9 months of this year, FEFD 's foreign trade turnover with Japan grew by 15.4% and amounted to $ 5 billion, of which exports - 4.61 billion, and imports - $ 383 million. In the Far Eastern zones of advanced development and the Free Port of Vladivostok, 10 projects are being implemented with the participation of Japanese investments.
Vladimir Putin also positively assessed Russian-Chinese relations in response to a question from a Xinhua journalist (PRC). In recent years, the foreign trade turnover between Russia and China gives an increase of 20-25% and for the first time in the entire history of Russian-Chinese relations it is expected to overcome the mark of $100 billion.
“We are pleased with this result. But this is a derivative from the state of Russian-Chinese relations. We work in a bilateral format very reliably; we have solved all the problems that we have had since the days of the Soviet Union. We are actively cooperating in the international arena, which is a factor that heals the international situation,” said Vladimir Putin.