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Meeting With Rosselkhozbank CEO Dmitry Patrushev

Vladimir Putin had a working meeting with Rosselkhozbank Management Board Chairman Dmitry Patrushev, who informed the President about the Bank’s 2017 performance and long-term projects to support the agro-industrial complex

Meeting With Rosselkhozbank CEO Dmitry Patrushev

Meeting With Rosselkhozbank CEO Dmitry Patrushev

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Please tell me about your Bank’s performance, its loan portfolio and main projects, primarily those supporting the agricultural sector.

I know that you wanted to tell me about support for small rural businesses. Please go ahead.

Rosselkhozbank Management Board Chairman Dmitry Patrushev: Thank you, Mr. President.

With your permission, I will make two presentations. The first one deals with the main bank performance indicators, and the second one shows projects that were launched in 2017 and those scheduled to be launched.

First, let me thank you for supportingRosselkhozbank, its additional capitalisation allows us to provide the economy with the same loan volumes. This concerns the agro-industrial complex, our main partner, in the first place.

I would like to report on our results achieved since the start of 2017. We continue to invest in the real economy. We are outpacing the market in terms of loan issue rates. Rosselkhozbank’s loan portfolio already exceeds 1.9 trillion roubles.

We control over 30 percent of the entire Russian market in terms of loans to the agro-industrial complex, and Rosselkhozbank’s loan portfolio for this complex is already approaching the 1.2 trillion rouble mark.

We are still the main bank lending assets for seasonal fieldwork. In principle, these loans guarantee the good bumper harvests posted in the Russian Federation.

Naturally, I would like to note that the farmers’ substantial loan demand could be explained by extremely high current state-support levels.

I would like to note that the soft loans mechanism, implemented as per your instructions, is functioning very smoothly. Under the new mechanism, agricultural produce manufacturers receive loans carrying not more than 5 percent annual interest.

In our opinion, this mechanism greatly reduces outlays for agro-businesses. We are actively involved in issuing loans under this mechanism.


New Year Reception At The Kremlin

Vladimir Putin attended a gala reception celebrating the New Year 2018

New Year reception at the Kremlin

New Year reception at the Kremlin

As part of the gala events organised at the State Kremlin Palace, the President also attended the performance of Russia’s Children’s Choir and met with elected and acting regional governors as well as those who resigned in 2017.

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Speech at gala reception devoted to seeing in the 2018

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Colleagues, friends,

I am happy to welcome you as we approach the New Year 2018.

Today everyone has a lot of pre-holiday concerns. We are trying to complete urgent tasks and observe the review schedule.

This holiday has its own New Year’s challenges and commotion as well as good traditions. We are following them with the hope and belief in the best things.

Each of you, every family has had its own record in the outgoing year. Some people will consider it successful whereas for others it was not easy. For them, it has been a year of overcoming difficulties.

But I am sure that each of us has tried to fulfil his goals, do something good for the country, for people around, for our families, and for those who are near to us and who need help and support.

The road to achieving a goal and attaining a result, for progress and preparedness to be useful always means development, gaining experience and knowledge, and displaying persistence and resolve, courage and responsibility.

Those who have gathered here today are displaying these very qualities and helping achieve our common goals – the prosperity of Russia and our people.

I am sincerely grateful to you for your honest, professional work, successes in government service, on the battlefield, in public affairs, business and creative endeavours.

Let us remember the outgoing year as yet another important stage in our life. We are bidding farewell to it, understanding that many new concerns, tasks and ambitious plans lie ahead. I am convinced that we will achieve success by all means and resolve even the most complicated challenges. Everything is in our hands and everything depends on us alone!

Please accept my sincere greetings on the coming New Year 2018. I wish you and your families and friends good health and energy, and a striving to reach new goals.

Allow me to offer a toast.

To the wellbeing and prosperity of the people of Russia!

To our Motherland!

To Russia!

Happy New Year to you!

Meeting With Senior Defence Ministry Officials And Commanders Of Military Districts And The Northern Fleet

Vladimir Putin met with senior officials of the Defence Ministry and commanders of military districts and the Northern Fleet during his visit to the Peter the Great Military Academy of the Strategic Missile Forces

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to the Supreme Commander-in-Chief on the withdrawal of Russian forces from the Syrian Arab Republic

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to the Supreme Commander-in-Chief on the withdrawal of Russian forces from the Syrian Arab Republic

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Please.

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu: Comrade Supreme Commander-in-Chief,

Your order to withdraw Russian forces from the Syrian Arab Republic has been fulfilled. Air force units, specialists of the International Mine Action Centre, military medics, a combined medical detachment, military police battalion personnel and Special Operations Forces personnel have returned to Russia.

Thirty-six planes and four helicopters arrived at their base aerodromes. In addition, six long-range Tu-22 bombers arrived at their home bases and 127 units of automotive special hardware were transported to Novorossiysk by sea.

Staying in Syria as part of efforts to assist the political settlement and restore peaceful life are the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides, at full strength, and three military police battalions exercising control in de-escalation zones in accordance with your decision.

Also, in accordance with international treaties, our two bases, the air force group at the Khmeimim air base and the naval supply and maintenance facility at Tartus, stay on a permanent basis.

In accordance with your order, the permanent presence of Russian ships and submarines carrying high-precision long-range weapons will be ensured in the Mediterranean Sea.

In this connection, I ask you to approve the structure and personnel of the units deployed at Tartus and Khmeimim.


Telephone Conversation With Acting Chancellor Of Germany Angela Merkel

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with acting Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel at the initiative of the German side

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

While discussing the crisis situation in southeastern Ukraine, Angela Merkel was interested to know the reasons for the withdrawal of Russian army officers from the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire and Stabilisation of the Line of the Contact between the Sides (JCCC).

Vladimir Putin noted in particular that for a long time the Ukrainian authorities have been purposely complicating the presence of Russian officers and the performance of their duties through various restrictions and provocations. There has been no response to Russia’s repeated proposals to deal with the unacceptable situation that has evolved.

The Russian and German leaders agreed to continue the discussion of outstanding issues that must be resolved in order for the JCCC to resume full-fledged operation. They agreed that their aides would continue to work on conditions that would make it possible for Russian officers to return to the centre.

In addition, Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel spoke in favour of implementing the initiative to exchange persons held by the parties to the domestic Ukrainian conflict as soon as possible, and supported the Christmas armistice declared by the Contact Group.

Gala Evening Marking Security Agency Worker’s Day

The President attended a gala evening marking Security Agency Worker’s Day

Gala evening marking Security Agency Worker’s Day

Gala evening marking Security Agency Worker’s Day

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Comrade officers, colleagues,

I congratulate you, current and former officers of Russian security agencies, as you celebrate your professional holiday.

Today we honour those who defend our national interests, protect our society, our lives, the rights and freedoms of our citizens, and ensure the stable, peaceful, and sovereign development of the country, as well as the inviolability of Russia’s borders.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the All-Russian Emergency Commission for Combating Counter-Revolution and Sabotage (VChK). We understand that it is an inseparable part of our history, and the history of our internal special services, which, to be sure, dates back more than one century.

Regardless of historical circumstances, the absolute majority of the people who choose this difficult profession have always been true servants of the state and patriots who went about their duties with dignity and honesty, and placed service to the Fatherland and our people above all else.

Our distinguished service veterans set precisely this example of how to do your job and lead your life. The great accomplishments of those who fought against the Nazis, the heroes of the Great Patriotic War who bravely and resolutely upheld the interests of our state, will remain forever in our memory, the memory of our people. These traditions live on as they are passed down from generation to generation.

We remember and will never forget how young men, our comrades-in-arms, rescued hostages, used their bodies to shield people from the bullets of militants, and eliminated terrorists, which they continue to do to this day. I am aware of your skilful and expert field work as you continue to outwit foreign intelligence services and deliver blows to organised crime and corruption.

I am sure that such requirements to security officers as strict adherence to the Constitution and the law, the highest utmost responsibility, honesty and personal decency, and readiness to take on the most difficult and sometimes the most dangerous tasks will always be a constant.

You took on precisely such tasks while supporting the anti-terrorist operation in Syria. The timely information you provided, shutting down channels of support for militants, disrupting their contacts and command systems were a worthy contribution to the efforts of the army and navy and contributed to the defeat of the main group of terrorists and the elimination of a bridgehead from which they threatened Russia.

I would like to emphasise that we will continue to neutralise the hotbeds of international terrorism as decisively as possible, to work together with other countries, with all who are ready to fight this global threat. We are ready to work together and exchange information.

This year Russia’s security agencies have thwarted plans to carry out over 60 crimes of a terrorist nature.

As you know, terrorists are trying to adapt to a changing situation. International terrorism today is both lone-wolf fanatics, and networked, top-secret groups, and underground so-called sleeper cells. Therefore, it is necessary to continue systematic and consistent efforts and to maintain maximum concentration.

It is necessary to strengthen both the external and internal tracks of Russia’s antiterrorist security, to work to destroy the financial and recruitment networks of criminals and to counter the attempts of extremists and radicals to influence youth, to spread the ideology of hatred, religious intolerance and aggressive nationalism.

Great responsibility is borne by intelligence and counter-intelligence units. We must erect a solid barrier against foreign interference in our public and political life and disrupt the efforts of foreign intelligence agencies trying to step up their activities in Russia, which is no secret. We should provide analytical and media support to important government decisions in defence and foreign policy.

Your efforts in all other key areas should be equally effective, such as combatting crime and corruption, border control, security at special government facilities, and supporting reliable government communication and management systems.

Friends, I trust that in every concrete task you will aim to achieve the highest results and act resolutely, professionally and effectively.

Thank you for your service and your major contribution to the country’s security and sovereignty.

I wish health and happiness to you and your families. Congratulations again, happy New Year!

Thank you for your attention.

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