May 11, 2020 / 2:10 PM / 20 days ago

Russia's Putin announces easing of coronavirus lockdown measures

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the participants of the Immortal Regiment memorial event during the celebrations of Victory Day, which marks the anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Moscow, Russia May 9, 2020. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said that Russia would start gradually easing coronavirus-related lockdown measures from Tuesday, but that individual regions would need to tailor their approach to varying local conditions.

In a televised address on Monday, Putin also announced new welfare payments for families with children and new support measures for the Russian economy.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin and Daria Korsunskaya; Writing by Andrey Kuzmin; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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