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    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree on Wednesday on the construction of a huge suspension bridge to link the Far East city of Vladivostok to Russky Island, where the 2012 APEC summit will be held.

    SOCHI, September 3 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree on Wednesday on the construction of a huge suspension bridge to link the Far East city of Vladivostok to Russky Island, where the 2012 APEC summit will be held.

    The bridge, whose cost is estimated at around $1 billion, is part of a $6 billion project to prepare for the summit. A conference center and several luxury hotels are planned for the island, along with improvements to Vladivostok's airport and roads.

    Prime Minister Vladimir Putin held a meeting in Vladivostok on Sunday on preparations for the APEC summit, and called for project deadlines to be met.

    The summit will bring together the leaders of the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation member states, which include economic giants China and the United States, and cumulatively account for about half of the global economy.

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