MOSCOW, February 17. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that governors’ rotation is a natural process expressing the hope that their skills will be highly sought after in other areas.
"The rotation is a fully natural process, a normal state of things," he said speaking at a meeting with the governors who resigned recently. "I am sure you will be able to use your skills and experience in other areas. I will do my best to make sure that your experience and knowledge of the situation in a particular region and in the country as a whole are effectively used in the future."
The meeting was held in the Kremlin on Thursday evening. Taking part in it were former head of Buryatia Vyacheslav Nagovitsyn, former head of Karelia Alexander Khudilainen, former Governor of the Perm territory Viktor Basargin, former head of the Novgorod region Sergey Mitin and former Governor of the Ryazan region Oleg Kovalyov.
"I wanted to meet with you to discuss the current situation in your regions, which you are leaving as their heads," the president said opening the meeting. "However, I would like to begin our conversation by thanking you for the work you did in these regions. Each of you worked a different amount of time, a different number of years, but that was a long stretch of your life." Putin noted that the regions "changed, and changed for the better" over the years these governors worked there, even though the problems are plentiful.
"I know that you made every effort to overcome these difficulties successfully in a complex economic situation, especially during the past two years, and create conditions for your successors in the work on the regions’ development," the president emphasized.
Putin expressed hope that the former governors will provide assistance to their successors. "I hope their work be as successful as in your case, and people will feel that in the immediate future," he noted.
"We do realize that the results of this work are not seen immediately, but all our work is our whole life, with many years dedicated to this objective," he said. "I have no doubt this will be the case with your successors too."