MOSCOW, December 28 (Itar-Tass) - Russian President Vladimir Putin believes 2013 events “are not yet history” and therefore it is “now hard to take an aloof view of them”.
Speaking at a New Year reception in the Kremlin Friday evening, Putin said the country needed “to honestly analyze where it succeeded and where it failed and why”.
“We should plan for the future in order to go ahead confidently and to multiply what we have achieved,” the President said.
Putin added “everybody had many worries this year, we had many problems but it is important to be willing to solve them, overcome the difficulties, and seek solutions”.
The Russian president stressed the cohesion the people showed in the Far Eastern calamity and the competence shown by the professionals.
“Despite any challenges, despite any twists and turns it will always be this way, because Russia is united in joy and in times of trouble,” Putin said.
He wished Russian people success in public work, in business, in creative endeavuor, in defending the nation, in politics and social service. He proposed a toast “to peace and accord in Russia, to success in all undertakings, to Russia”.