Donetsk, Dec 16 – DAN. DPR should upscale economic integration with Russia, the Republic's Head Alexander Zakharchenko said in his annual address to DPR People's Council.

"The task is to reinforce economic integration with Russia in the nearest future. We should also re-establish older economic ties. DPR potential in this sphere is great."

He emphasized that economics is not the only priority, "cultural integration should also be in place". "Prospective in this sphere is great. The process is launched. I am sure 2017 will bring even more results." *ot