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    MOSCOW, February 24th, 2004 (RIA Novosti correspondent) - At their joint session, the Russian Security Council and the State Council will work out directions to improve Russia's position in the science intensive technologies.

    This is the opinion Deputy Secretary of the Russian Security Council Vladislav Sherstyuk voiced at a briefing held on the eve of the joint session of the Russian Security Council and the State Council Presidium, On Russian Policy in the National Innovation System Development.

    Vladislav Sherstyuk recalled that the level of science and education was very high in Russia, with 10% of all scientists living in Russia.

    The session is going to answer a series of fundamental questions, in particular, why the share of Russia's science intensive technologies amounts to 0.5% of the world market.

    "When a country goes as low as becoming a raw material supplier and cannot be competitive in international affairs, this directly affects national security. The country's economic and technological security, and consequently defence capacity are under threat," stressed Vladislav Sherstyuk.

    In his words, the country's innovation system should be encouraged by "a sound regulatory base" and state support.

    "State support should be varied. It is indispensable at the level of fundamental science. Here there can hardly be any substantial support from the private sector. State support should be reduced at the level of practical application of scientific developments," said Vladislav Sherstyuk.

    Members of the presidential Council for Science and Technologies and business representatives have been invited to the session of the Security Council and the State Council. Delivering the main report will be Russian acting Vice Premier Boris Alyoshin, with Moscow region governor Boris Gromov and President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Yuri Osipov contributing to the report.

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