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Tatar-Bashkir Report: June 21, 1999

21 June 1999
Aksenenko Meets With Tatarstan Officials
Russian First Deputy Premier Nikolai Aksenenko and Minister of Fuel and Energy Victor Kalyuzhni arrived in Kazan on 17 June, Tatarinform reported. Aksenenko met the next day with members of Tatarstan's government at the republican industry exhibition center and discussed problems with industrial development in Russia, acknowledging that domestic producers had to conquer problems to gain market shares in both domestic and foreign markets. Akseneko was upbeat on the efforts by the Tatar government to amend federal economic policy. Later, President Mintimer Shaimiev referred to Aksenenko's statement, saying that a "wild market [economy] did not respond to the needs of Russia" and suggested that the "domestic industry should produce more competitive goods."

Aksenenko's delegation left for Ufa, Bashkortostan on 18 June.

Tatarstan's Parliamentary Speaker On Federal Reform
Tatarstan's State Council chairman, Farit Mukhametshin, said he "shared the concern about the possibilty of a majority of radical forces in a future Russian State Duma" during a meeting of President Boris Yeltsin and the heads of legislative bodies from 19 regions of Russia. Mukhametshin said Moscow ought to stimulate the development of regional self-sufficiency to ensure the political and economic stability of the federation.

Compiled by Iskender Nurmi