MOSCOW, January 26 (RIA Novosti correspondent Oleg Osipov) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Health Minister Yuri Shevchenko have discussed the situation in health sphere in the Kremlin on Monday, President's press secretary Alexei Gromov told RIA Novosti.
Yuri Shevchenko informed the head of state on the activities of the all-Russia session of village doctors and measures on the improvement of their work and quality of medical aid in rural areas.
The health minister also spoke about the growth of birth rate in all Russia's regions.
A one-and-a-half-hour-long shelling of a field hospital in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo which claimed the lives of two Russian medics indicates that radical groups have no reservations against attacking medical facilities in order to perpetuate the war in the devastated country, RIA Novosti political analyst Alexander Khrolenko asserted.
Swedish manufacturing company Volvo and French weapons giant Nexter are headed for their first order for the VBCI infantry fighting vehicle in the Middle East. Qatar currently aims to buy 200 vehicles for $1.1bln; however the order may grow and become three times as large.
Washington has withdrawn its proposals, which were previously handed over to Moscow, on the settlement in eastern Aleppo. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Americans are currently working on an alternative plan to solve the situation in the city.
Whereas Scandinavian economists have been bracing for a hard landing after Trump's rise to power, the Finnish pension fund Ilmarinen, which is one of Scandinavia's biggest asset managers that oversees about $38 billion worth of funds, is moving its resources to the US due to prospects of a US boom.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova commented on the attack on a Russian hospital in Syria's Aleppo, a controversial statement by a commander of US and NATO forces in Afganistan and a US legislation on countering Russian "covert influence" during her weekly press briefing in Moscow.
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