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Greetings To Channel One Team And Veteran Staff

Vladimir Putin congratulated the Channel One team and veteran staff on the 50th anniversary of the legendary Vremya programme

Vremya (Channel One)

Vremya (Channel One)

The message reads, in part:

“From its very launch, Vremya proved to be a striking addition to Russian television, laid down traditions of news broadcasting and became a landmark event in the life of the country.

Importantly, even despite the advent of new cutting-edge information technology and communications, the programme has not ceased to attract wide audiences just as it did 50 years ago.

I am certain that professional excellence, acquired skills, openness to new experiences and respect for the creative heritage of your predecessors will help you to continue working successfully and resolving the tasks at hand.”

Vremya is a Russian television programme broadcast by Channel One (since 1995), and earlier by the Central Television of the USSR (1968 – 1991), the All-Union State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (1991) and the Ostankino Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (1994–1996). The programme has been broadcast daily, except on December 31 and January 1, at 9 pm Moscow time since 1972. It was launched on January 1, 1968.

New Year Address To The Nation

Vladimir Putin's New Years' Message to Russia

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Friends,

We are on the threshold of a New Year, year 2018. Although we celebrate this every year, we are always happy to usher the year in as something new, hoping that the wishes we make at the stroke of midnight do come true.

New Year’s Eve is above all a family celebration. We mark it just as we did when we were children, with presents and pleasant surprises, as well as with a special warmth and expectation for change.

Change will certainly come to our lives if each of us takes care of our parents and values every minute we spend with them, if we try to better understand our children and their aspirations and dreams, and if we support those nearest to us who need our help and our generosity.

The ability to help, to show concern and understanding for others and to do good deeds fills our lives with true human meaning. As we celebrate, be it with family and friends, or out in the streets, we all share the same festive mood, while modern technology allows us to share our feelings with our nearest and dearest who may be hundreds or even thousands of kilometres away.

As usual, my special words are extended to those who are working at the moment, who are doing their military or professional duty at hospitals or on board aircraft or trains.

We are all together on this wonderful New Year’s night. We are also together in our everyday life as well. Unity, friendship and selfless love for Russia multiply the strength we need for worthy deeds and high achievements.

I am sincerely grateful to all of you for believing in yourself and in our country, for your work and its results. I hope there will always be trust and mutual understanding in your life.


A New Year, year 2018 will begin in just a few seconds. This is the time when we should say the most important words to each other, forgive one another’s mistakes and forget old grudges.

Embrace, say words of love, and show that you really care. May the life of each family and individual improve for the better, may you all be healthy, may children be born that make us happy.

I wholeheartedly wish happiness and all the very best to all of you, as well as peace and prosperity to Great Russia, our one and only homeland.

Happy New Year!

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.


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