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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin’s Sochi, Far East Trip

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Thursday in a meeting with Transportation Minister Igor Levitin that he would travel to Sochi and the Far East by the end of the year.

Levitin invited Putin to see a ring road around the Black Sea resort town, which he said would be finished by the end of November.

Levitin also told Putin that a state program to subsidize flights for residents in the Far East would be expanded next year, and that domestically made planes such as Sukhoi’s Superjet could be used to fly the routes. More than 160,000 people have made use of the program since President Dmitry Medvedev announced it in February, Levitin said.