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Putin says spirit of patriotism key to Russia’s strength

April 03, 2017, 14:21 UTC+3 ST.PETERSBURG

Putin said patriotism is what Russia's "economic success as well as success in other spheres depends on"

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ST.PETERSBURG, April 3. /TASS/. The spirit of patriotism is the key to Russia’s strength and success in economy and other spheres, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the plenary session of an annual media forum arranged by the All-Russia People’s Front.

Putin thanked the participant who had briefed the forum on the projects aimed at preserving the memory of the acts of courage performed during the Great Patriotic War. "I would like to thank you for doing what you do, for uniting people who care so much for our past, for our fathers and grandfathers’ acts of courage. It is important for us and our children," Putin said. According to him, "this makes our country stronger."

"Russia is strong because of the people’s spirit, the spirit of patriotism," the president went on to say. "This is an absolutely obvious thing. And this is what our economic success as well as success in other spheres depends on," Putin concluded.

The forum’s participant also invited the president to attend one of the historical reconstructions. He particularly mentioned the historical reconstruction scheduled to begin in a week in the Novgorod region, which is dedicated to the Soviet Union’s Second Shock Army. Besides, in his words, in September, there will be an event dedicated to the Nevsky Pyatachok (or Neva Bridgehead) campaign that took place during the Great Patriotic War. He expressed hope that the president or some other high-ranking officials would find time to attend these events.

"I will try to be there. Thank you for the invitation," Putin said.

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