MOSCOW, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Wildfires raging in 17 Russian regions became the only topic discussed during a meeting of the national Security Council chaired by President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.
The president ordered the Interior Ministry not to let anarchy spread in the areas affected by the fires.
"By no means you may allow anarchy as a result of severe accidents and tragedies. You must not let the situation go out of local authorities' control," Medvedev said.
He stressed that the principal responsibility for keeping the situation under control lies with the Interior Ministry.
"You should ... calm people down ... explain to them what to do and what not," the president told the interior minister, Rashid Nurgaliyev.
He pointed out that police stations and other law enforcement infrastructure must be under steadfast surveillance.
Medvedev also demanded the drafting of a new program to secure national fire safety in the future.