The head of Bashkortostan said fake media reports about the plans of Association of regions

© RIA Novosti / Dmitry to Attachability in fotobanka of the Republic of Bashkortostan Rustem Khamitov. Archival photoThe head of Bashkortostan said fake media reports about the plans of Association of regions© RIA Novosti / Dmitry attachability to the photobank

The head of Bashkortostan Rustem Khamitov said in an interview with RIA Novosti that he considers frivolous conversations about the unification of the regions in the Volga Federal district, and media reports about it – fakes.

«I treat them as newspaper ducks, fake. This, of course, not serious. There is no need our country to unite with anyone. We are the seventh largest in the country. If to us someone will join, it will be a megaregion. Whether such extra-large territorial formations in structure of Russia?» — said Khamitov.

He noted that the Russian President at his annual press conference said that all the talk about the merger is a rumor.

«I can say that was a historical example in 1918 when Lenin and Stalin took the decision on establishment of the Bashkir-Tatar Republic. But this project did not take place. Too large of region get! And in 1919 established the independent Bashkir Republic, and just over a year after it was formed and the Tatar Republic. It’s been almost 100 years, and since no the subject never came back», — said the head of Bashkortostan.

The full text of the interview is available on the website ria.ru at 12.00 GMT.

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