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    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev vowed on Thursday to assist in organizing a joint festival of Russian and North American indigenous peoples.

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev vowed on Thursday to assist in organizing a joint festival of Russian and North American indigenous peoples.

    A member of the Russian Public Chamber responsible for the development of the remote areas in the Russia's North and Far East told Medvedev that Russia's minority indigenous peoples had close ties with their counterparts in the United States and Canada.

    "We have started talks, we are ready to carry out joint projects and organize joint festivals together with American and Canadian Indians," Pavel Sulyandziga said at a meeting of chamber members with Medvedev.

    Sulyandziga added that Native American groups said they would ask President Barack Obama for help, while Russian ones would send their proposals to Medvedev.

    "Do it." Medvedev said. "Then Obama and I will call each other and settle this issue."

    GORKI (Moscow Region), January 20 (RIA Novosti)

     

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