Medvedev to meet Kadyrov on Saturday
GORKI. Nov 22 (Interfax) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that he will be meeting Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov on Saturday to discuss the surplus of checkpoints on highways between the North Caucasus republics.
The issue was highlighted by United Russia's Chechen branch head during a meeting between the prime minister and the party's local staff.
"North Caucasus is packed full [of checkpoints]. We have here colleagues from Dagestan, Ingushetia, [North] Ossetia, Stavropol, it is just impossible if you have to travel with some delegation and register," the official said, noting that since the republics are all part of one Russia, travel should be unhindered.
Medvedev said: "This problem does exist and you know what it's down to. Nevertheless, we are trying to do something about it. Maybe not as quickly as people living in the region as a whole, in Chechnya and several other republics, would like to."
Efforts in this area will continue, he said.
"By the way, tomorrow I am meeting with the leaders of your republic, we are going to talk about it with Ramzan Akhmatovich [Kadyrov] as well," Medvedev said.