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    MOSCOW/ST.PETERSBURG, July 15 (RIA Novosti) - The cabinet has not considered the moving of some federal functions to St.Petersburg, Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov said upon arrival in the Arkhangelsk region on a working trip.

    To quote: "The cabinet has not taken such decisions. I cannot comment on what Valentina Matvienko has said but the cabinet of ministers has not considered the matter".

    St.Petersburg governor Valentina Matvienko believes that her words on moving some federal structures to St.Petersburg have been misinterpreted.

    "My answer that the question has been resolved in principle was misinterpreted yesterday. There is an understanding that federal structures can be moved to St.Petersburg. But no final decision has yet been made, while even the principled approach requires additional coordination. We have to prepare offices and other conditions for moving", Matvienko's press service quotes her words.

    According to her, things will become clearer before the year end.

    "No official decisions, more so at the governmental level, have been made. There is only a principled understanding of what agencies may be moved to St.Petersburg", Matvienko stressed.

    "In any case, it will be useful and not costly for our city. It will raise the status of St.Petersburg as a federal centre", Matvienko said.