The Kaliningrad governor tried to explain the decline in construction by the beginning of hostilities in Ukraine. The President in response asked “not to refer to this special military operation of ours”: it “has absolutely nothing to do with it”
President Vladimir Putin made a remark to the governor of the Kaliningrad region, Anton Alikhanov, who tried to explain the decline in the construction sector by the start of a special operation in Ukraine. The head of state held a working meeting with the governor via videoconference, according to the Kremlin website.
“Your construction sector has seen a fairly noticeable reduction in general,”— drew Putin's attention and asked to explain what it was connected with.
Alikhanov explained that after the start of the military operation, “logistic ties were temporarily disrupted.” “Still, we bought a lot abroad and were focused on transit through the territory of neighboring states. It took us time to adapt the supply to the new realities. It's done now,— he said.
The President in response asked: “This special military operation of ours should not be referred to in this case.” A decline in construction was observed back in 2020-2021, “noticeable at that”, and the Russian operation “has absolutely nothing to do with it”, he told the head of the region.
Putin agreed that “additional difficulties arise” but noted that “this reference was, frankly, not very appropriate.” “But I already said: there was a 48.9 percent decline in construction in 2020-2021,” — he added.
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Alikhanov has been governor of the Kaliningrad region since September 2017. On September 11, 2022, on a single voting day, new elections for the head of the region should take place. At the end of April, Alikhanov announced his intention to be re-elected for a second term. “I would like to go to the polls and be elected in a fair fight,” — he said.
Putin, at today's meeting with the Kaliningrad governor, praised the results of his work, calling them “completely satisfactory.” “The work was done well, of high quality,” — he noted. According to him, he expects Alikhanov to continue “in the same spirit” in the coming years.
The President announced his decision to launch a military operation in Ukraine on 24 February. Then Putin explained it as “the protection of people who have been subjected to bullying, genocide by the Kyiv regime for eight years,” as well as the desire “for demilitarization and denazification.” neighboring country.
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