Vladimir Putin spoke at the Action Forum of Russian Popular Front
Annual action forum of the Russian Popular Front was held December 18 and 19 in Crocus Expo. This year’s theme was Russia Focused on the Future. The forum became the largest movement – more than 4 000 attendees participated in the forum’s work.
President Vladimir Putin took part in a plenary session of the Russian Popular Front public movement’s interregional forum.
Vladimir Putin said that Russia had to fulfill the principal historical tasks of the moment, such as population growth, creation of a new economy and development of its Arctic and Far East regions.
Putin emphasized the importance of keeping up with the ongoing revolution in production technologies, healthcare and education. "Shielding ourselves from these international tendencies or trying to keep up with someone is definitely not our choice, it cannot be our choice," he said, adding that Russia had all opportunities to restore the spheres of economy where it used to be a world leader.
The president also warned against drifting from the set course of development, saying that if such thing happened the nation might be forced to start everything from scratch again.
"We all must remember that Russia, our people, all our families have gone through a very difficult and extremely hard period in their history. Today we must maintain our statehood and freedom, stability and social accord, we must maintain everything we have managed to achieve, even the modest things. This way our achievements and changes for the better would become irreversible and all our strength serve for the benefit and development of the Motherland. I see this as a common task for us all and also as my personal duty and civil responsibility as an incumbent head of state and as a presidential candidate," Putin said.
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