MOSCOW, March 26 (Itar-Tass) — During the third presidential term Vladimir Putin will have an opportunity to implement planned reforms, Putin’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with the Itogi magazine, published on Monday.
“Many critics reproached Putin: you have been in the power for so many years, so what did not let you implement all the plans? You had then major opportunities and wide authorities. Putin explained it very simply: it is impossible to make everything at once,” Peskov said.
He continued saying “it is impossible to reform immediately both the defence industry, the armed forces, the police, the social sphere, the healthcare and pensions.”
“Especially as we are speaking about a country, which survived a clinical death in late 90s. At first, reanimation is necessary,” Peskov said. “Beginning from 2000, Putin as a president was involved in exactly this.”
Vladimir Putin managed to stabilise the situation by his second term, the press secretary continued.
“I doubt somebody may deny it,” he said. “Right, opponents claim the stabilisation was possible due to the favourable economic situation. Correct, the situation was favourable. But in the conditions of a most sharp world crisis Putin demonstrated his efficiency as a manager.”
“Now, there is an opportunity not only to plan, but also to implement the complicated plans like reform of the army and so on. It is clear that all these reforms, no doubt, have a deep political implication. But it is stable economic situation, which enables gradual implementation of reforms,” Peskov concluded.