(QHA) -

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed a governmental resolution confirming the international status of all Russian seaports.

“I have signed a resolution confirming the international status of all Russian seaports, including those in the Russian republic of Crimea,” he said at a meeting with deputy prime ministers on Monday.

The premier noted that this decision was needed, because “several documents which had earlier confirmed the opening of seaports for international traffic are outdated or were just lost in some cases.” “This incompliance resulted in specific legal procrastination,” Medvedev said with regret.

After the government resolution was signed “border control and customs clearance for foreign ships arriving in the country will be much easier.” “Additional permits and co-ordination will not be needed any longer and the very ports will be able to operate more energetically and at full strength,” the premier said.

For his part, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich explained that the recently signed government resolution “actually legalises, grants a clear-cut legal status to all Russian seaports, including those in Crimea, as they are fully open for visits of foreign sea-sailing vessels.” 

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