Answers to journalists’ questions following Russian-Slovenian talks.

Vladimir Putin and Borut Pahor. A joint news conference.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Mr. President, colleagues,

The talks with President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, have just ended. First, we worked in a small group, and then met with the participation of ministers, representatives of agencies and companies to discuss in detail the entire range of bilateral issues and outlined plans for the future. We also exchanged views on current European and international matters.

Slovenia is Russia’s important and reliable partner in Europe. We welcome the commitment of the republic's government to maintain a regular political dialogue, and share an interest in making steady progress in bilateral relations. By the way, this May will mark the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our countries.

The experience gained during this time inspires confidence that we can overcome current economic difficulties. As you may be aware, our trade has declined over the past years, but as of the end of 2016 we can say that the situation has stabilised, and our trade and economic relations are constantly monitored by the intergovernmental commission on trade, economic and scientific and technical cooperation.

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Russian-Slovenian summit talks.

The discussion touched on highly successful projects and effective cooperation between our countries in the energy sector. In this regard, I would like to note that Russia covers 70 percent of Slovenia's needs in natural gas. Gazprom is working with its Slovenian partners on a new contract for gas supplies to 2022.

Russian companies are willing to get involved in refurbishing Slovenian power plants. The commissioning of these plants will not only increase the production of electricity for the Slovenian capital, but also switch electricity supplies from coal to environmentally friendly natural gas, which, of course, would be beneficial for the environment.

Cooperation in the sphere of transport infrastructure is strengthening; we are looking at options for Russian Railways to participate in the modernisation of Slovenia’s railway network. This could be a major investment of about one billion euros.

Slovenian companies are traditionally well represented in the Russian pharmaceutical industry and agriculture. Russian regions actively cooperate with partners in Slovenia with interregional relations developing steadily. Approximately 70 regions of Russia maintain contacts with their partners and continue working on improving the legal framework for such cooperation. I hope the agreements signed today in your presence will create new opportunities for cooperation in various areas.

We have discussed expanding humanitarian cooperation. In the next two years, we have a packed programme of Russian-Slovenian cross-culture seasons planned, as well as Ljubljana Days in Moscow in the second half of 2017.

We appreciate the careful and respectful attitude to our shared history, the care taken of Russian military graves that we see in Slovenia. I would like to remind you that in July 2016, Mr Pahor and I jointly unveiled a monument in Ljubljana to all Russian and Soviet soldiers killed in Slovenia during the two world wars.

I have informed the President of the latest developments and the aggravation of the situation in southeastern Ukraine, highlighting the Minsk agreements that have absolutely no alternative as a basis for resolving the conflict. We have also discussed the state of relations between Russia and the European Union. I hope they will be gradually restored.

In conclusion, I would like to express my gratitude to the Slovenian leadership, and personally to Mr Pahor for this comprehensive, constructive dialogue. I am certain that today's meeting will contribute to the further development of bilateral relations.

President of Slovenia Borut Pahor (re-translated):

Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen,

President Putin and I have met five times over the past eight years, first as prime ministers, and the last time as presidents of our respective countries. We have always had candid and open conversations, and nothing has changed in that regard. Even when relations between the EU and NATO, on the one hand, and the Russian Federation, on the other, declined a little, everything between us remained as before.

While those relations may have declined, although Slovenia is part of NATO and the EU, we have always tried to do our best to continue an open dialogue in order to continue to respect each other and seek common and mutually acceptable solutions. We always try to strengthen our relations with Russia, and of course, make the appropriate contributions so that all of our decisions are lasting, and we genuinely respect all of our agreements and strive to improve relations between the European Union and the Russian Federation.

The desire to maintain good relations is also evident from the invitation that I sent to Mr Putin in late July, and I told him about it when we marked the 100th anniversary of the Russian chapel at Vršič Pass in Slovenia.

Today’s talks with President Putin lasted twice as long as the time allocated for them. We exchanged views and clarified our respective points of view. They may be a little different, but we remained committed to the idea of respecting and implementing all the decisions to resolve the situation in eastern Ukraine.

I told Mr. Putin that the first step is, of course, to withdraw the military equipment. After that, it will be possible to renew peace talks in accordance with the Minsk agreements. As a friend, I urge all parties to cease all hostilities. Only then will we be able to hope for improved relations between Russia and the Western world. I am confident that relations with the European Union will then be restored at an appropriately high level.

Mr. President and I noted that a large number of contracts and agreements would be signed on the sidelines of our meeting. This includes about 11 business contracts. If talks on the remaining contracts designed for the future were not completed yesterday, we will do so in the future. I hope that this will also help improve trade between our countries.

Ladies and gentlemen, our official visit to the Russian Federation is coming to an end. Tomorrow we will visit St Petersburg, a wonderful Russian city. There, we will sign an agreement between our National Gallery and the Hermitage museum on important cooperation between our countries and our peoples.

President Putin and I have every reason to be optimistic about our bilateral relations in the future. We look forward with a positive attitude, and together we will truly make every effort to restore the general situation, as well as relations between Russia and the Western world.

Thank you very much.


Mr. Putin, maybe today you also received an official invitation to meet with your US counterpart, Mr Trump, in Slovenia. Do you think Slovenia is a good venue for such a meeting? When will you have a meeting with Mr Trump? And what is your vision of what happens next?

Vladimir Putin:

Over the past five years, Russian-American relations have degraded significantly and of course, they need to be restored in the interests of both the Russian and the American people. We heard what President Trump, who has assumed office, thinks about this. We have always welcomed this and we hope that our relations will be restored in full and in all areas.

However, this does not depend only on us. It also depends on the US. We act on the assumption that the United States first needs to form its team and decide who will conduct a dialogue with us and in what areas. This concerns trade and economic ties, security issues and the various parts of the world that are affected by numerous conflicts; and of course, by pooling our efforts, we can make a substantial contribution to resolving these issues, including the fight against international terrorism.

As for Ljubljana, and Slovenia as a whole, of course, it is a wonderful place for such talks. However, it depends not only on us but on a wide range of circumstances and day-to-day business. If these meetings take place, we have nothing against Ljubljana. We have already held such meetings in Ljubljana and I would like to thank [you] in advance, if there is such an opportunity (Mr President spoke about that). I would like to thank Slovenia for its willingness to organise such a meeting. To reiterate, this does not depend only on us, but naturally, we are ready for it.


I have a question for the President of Slovenia and the President of Russia. Mr Putin, you mentioned a decline in trade between the two countries and then said that this decline had been halted. Do you believe it will be possible to continue to keep it from falling further? How is it possible to accomplish this amid political sanctions and what are the priority areas?

Vladimir Putin:

We have just named them, both my colleague and I. They include energy, transport infrastructure, agriculture, the environment and tourism, to name a few.

Today, we discussed energy supplies, among other things. I am confident that the partners will reach an agreement in the near future. I also mentioned other areas, such as the pharmaceutical industry. That is, we have a variety of opportunities. Are the political constraints in our way? Of course, they are. But I think we can get over them. They are not likely to always remain a factor in international politics.

However, even in these circumstances, as you rightly pointed out, and I spoke about this today, we managed to overcome the recession owing to the stabilisation of the Russian national currency and the steady energy market situation. There are many variables and uncertainties that seem to be beyond our control, but we can still influence them. And we will influence them as much as we can. My forecast is very optimistic in this regard. I think that this year our trade will go up.

Borut Pahor: Our prospects are good. Slovenia overcame the recession, and our economic growth is up as is our economic cooperation with Russia. However, this growth was hampered by the sanctions. Even though the sanctions persist, and despite deteriorating relations between the European Union and Russia, Slovenia maintains business cooperation with Russia as best it can.

If the currently planned agreements are signed during this visit and in the coming months – we discussed this with the President – despite the not-so-good relations between the West and Russia, our cooperation will grow and certainly exceed $1 billion. Our talks and this news conference are a good sign that this will happen.

A proper environment for cooperation between the European Union and Russia will be restored following a Ukraine settlement, which is important for the Slovenian and Russian economies. The settlement will lift all the restrictions on the way to further expansion of economic cooperation. That is why we say that it is important to create such an environment. Clearly, it causes problems for each side, but friendly countries should try to find solutions that serve the interests of us all.

Vladimir Putin, Borut Pahor.
Vladimir Putin with President of Slovenia Borut Pahor during a joint news conference.

Russian-Slovenian summit talks.

Vladimir Putin met at the Kremlin with President of Slovenia Borut Pahor, who is in Russia on an official visit.

The two presidents discussed prospects for developing Russian-Slovenian relations, specifically, further strengthening trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian bilateral cooperation.

The leaders exchanged views on key regional and international issues.

Both presidents attended the signing of bilateral documents: a cooperation agreement on tackling money laundering and terrorism financing, a memorandum of cooperation in forest management, and a joint programme of action to promote tourism in 2017–2018.

Vladimir Putin and Borut Pahor also made statements for the press.



Russian President, Slovenian President.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Slovenien President Borut Pahor.
Vladimir Putin, Borut Pahor in Kremlin.
Vladimir Putin meet Borut Pahor in Kremlin.
Vladimir Putin, Borut Pahor, news conference.
Vladimir Putin and Borut Pahor during a joint news conference.
Kremlin, Russian-Slovenian documents signing.
Signing of Russian-Slovenian documents.
Russian-Slovenian documents signed in Kremlin.
Russian-Slovenian documents signed in Kremlin.
Russian and Slovenian Presidents and diplomats.
Russian-Slovenian talks in Kremlin.
Putin, Borut Pahor.
Russian President Putin and Slovenian President Borut Pahor.
Vladimir Putin, Borut Pahor.
Vladimir Putin and Borut Pahor in Kremlin.
Vladimir Putin.
Vladimir Putin during Russian-Slovenian talks.

Putin had a meeting with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Vladimir Putin had a meeting with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The meeting took place on Diplomats’ Day marked on February 10.

Earlier, the President congratulated current and former staff of the Foreign Ministry on their professional holiday.

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Meeting of Vladimir Putin with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Mr. Lavrov, today you and your colleagues mark your professional holiday, Diplomats’ Day. I would like to congratulate you and all Russian diplomats on this holiday.

We know that your work is very important, demanding and difficult, and that it has recently become extremely dangerous. I would like to thank you for everything you, your assistants and the diplomatic corps as a whole are doing in the interests of Russia towards strengthening its positions on the international stage. I have the best wishes for you.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov:

Thank you very much, Mr. President.

We have received your message of greetings, which was read out at a meeting held today on the occasion of Diplomats’ Day. Thank you for the kind words you wrote in that message and have said just now.

We appreciate your concern for and your attention to the diplomatic service, particularly to our professional tasks and also to the need to strengthen our workforce capacity, resources and to ensure social protection. This inspires our personnel to work honestly and efficiently in line with the Foreign Policy Concept that was adopted, with your agreement, in November last year.

The Concept reflects a new stage in the history of international relations and follows on the concept that was adopted in 2000 and focused on openness, pragmatism and willingness to work with everyone who is ready to reciprocate on the basis of equality and mutual benefit.

I would like to mention that we continue promoting counterterrorism cooperation. There are more and more supporters of the initiative you put forward eighteen months ago to build a broad counterterrorist front. As people abandon superficial and momentary considerations they become aware of the need to choose their priorities.

Another area of our efforts are integration processes, strengthening ties with our partners within the CSTO, the Eurasian Economic Union, SCO, BRICS, the Group of Twenty and of course cooperation within the United Nations as the main pillar of international law and cooperation.

Let me share some interesting figures with you. We signed several dozen agreements on visa-free travel between the Russian Federation and other countries as part of our efforts to facilitate people-to-people contacts.

Over the last two years, tourist flows have been stable with the overall number of tourists steady at about 35 million on average. Interestingly, inbound tourism remains at a very high level with 25 million foreigners visiting Russia every year.

I think that if we continue to promote people-to-people ties and cooperation with the civil society in other countries, it could help open borders, giving people more opportunities to interact with each other and thus help resolve many international issues in close cooperation with the Presidential Executive Office, the Government, the parliament and the civil society.

The Foreign Ministry has a business council, an academic council and a council of the heads of Russian regions and we maintain regular contacts with non-governmental organisations that are also supported by the Russian International Affairs Council and the Gorchakov Foundation, which were established several years ago on your instructions.

Once again, thank you for your high praise. In the congratulatory message you have sent us we saw not only an acknowledgment of our work, but also new objectives that we will not work to meet.

Vladimir Putin:

I wish you good luck.



Vladimir Putin, Sergei Lavrov.
Vladimir Putin with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Vladimir Putin, Sergei Lavrov, Kremlin.
Vladimir Putin and Sergei Lavrov in Kremlin.
President Vladimir Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Putin had a meeting with VEB Chairman Sergei Gorkov.

Vnesheconombank Chairman updated the President on the state corporation’s performance last year and current operations, as well as lending to industry sectors and support to exports.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Mr. Gorkov, what is the situation at the bank? How are you working to implement your plans at the bank and on its other projects?

Vnesheconombank Chairman Sergei Gorkov:

The bank did well last year, despite a complex situation at the beginning and throughout the year. In general, we have normalized liquidity levels and closed the year with results that were better than we expected. In addition, we allocated some 100 billion rubles for project financing, which was good for last year.

In late December, we adopted a new strategy focused on support for export, the infrastructure, innovations, the National Technology Initiative, new technologies and new high-tech companies.

Regarding the above, we plan to increase financing to 140 billion rubles this year, or by 40 percent over last year. I believe that the ‘anti-crisis’ stage is behind us and VEB is now becoming a full-fledged development bank. We are confident of its future.

Vladimir Putin:

Which projects do you regard as a priority?

Sergei Gorkov:

We approved several projects in December, including the Ivanovo Polyester Plant, which will produce technical textiles. It is the first such plant in Russia, and we will invest $500 million in it. It is a major new project nationwide and the largest in Ivanovo.

Regarding the added-value wood processing plant in Torzhok, we will invest some 40 billion rubles in this relatively large project.
We are also financing export promotion contracts for the delivery of the Sukhoi Super jet to Europe. A new contract with Ireland will help Sukhoi to increase the exports of this jet to Europe. Overall, we have some 100 new deals in our portfolio.

Vladimir Putin:




Vladimir Putin.
Vladimir Putin at a meeting with VEB Chairman Sergei Gorkov.
Vladimir Putin, Sergei Gorkov.
Russian President with Sergei Gorkov, VEB Chairman in Kremlin.
VEB Chairman Sergei Gorkov.
VEB Chairman Sergei Gorkov.

Putin sent congratulations on Diplomatic Workers Day.

Vladimir Putin congratulated current and former Foreign Ministry personnel on their professional holiday, Diplomatic Worker’s Day.

President Putin said, in particular, in his message

“Russia’s diplomacy has a long and glorious history and our diplomats have always remained true to their professional duties and served the homeland with honor.

Today, you are worthy successors to your predecessors’ traditions. You play an active part in setting the international agenda, pursue dialogue with partners abroad, and work on solutions to current regional and global issues, basing your action on the UN Charter and the principles of equality and mutual respect.

Russia’s diplomatic service can be deservedly proud of its achievements. But the challenges our country faces are as great as ever. Without question, you should focus your attention on the fight against terrorism and extremism. These threats can be eradicated only if all countries join forces.

Continuing our multi-vector foreign policy, you should pursue your energetic efforts in all areas and help to strengthen peace, stability and security. There is still much work ahead to achieve fair settlements in the numerous conflicts taking place near our borders and in other parts of the world.

I am sure that you will continue working with complete dedication, resolve the tasks ahead effectively, and do all you can to protect the interests of Russia and its people.

I want to express my particular gratitude to the diplomats’ families, for the support of their loved ones is particularly important, especially to those working on the ‘frontlines’, far from Russia.”


Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Russia, Moscow.

Putin and permanent members of the Security Council

Vladimir Putin held a meeting with permanent members of the Security Council.

The meeting examined, in particular, current socioeconomic matters on the domestic agenda.

Other subjects of discussion included the situation on the line of separation in southeast Ukraine. The meeting participants expressed concern over the continued tension and stressed the need for full withdrawal of heavy weapons.

Vladimir Putin briefed the participants on his telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during which Mr. Putin expressed his condolences over the death of Turkish military personnel as a result of incorrect target coordinates during a Russian air force strike against terrorists, carried out as part of a joint operation to liberate the Syrian town of Al-Bab.

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu briefed the meeting on a telephone conversation between the Russian and Turkish chiefs of general staff. Chief of the General Staff of Russia’s Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov expressed his condolences to his Turkish counterpart. The two sides decided on urgent work to improve coordination procedures during joint antiterrorist operations in Syria.

Taking part in the meeting were:

  • Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev
  • Speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko
  • Chief of Staff of the Presidential Executive Office Anton Vaino
  • Speaker of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin
  • Secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev
  • Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu
  • Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev
  • Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
  • Director of the Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov
  • Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service Sergei Naryshkin
  • Special Presidential Representative for Environmental Protection, Ecology and Transport Sergei Ivanov.



Vladimir Putin.
Vladimir Putin at a meeting with permanent members of the Security Council.
Vladimir Putin, permanent members, Security Council.
Russian President held a meeting with permanent members of the Security Council.

Congratulations to civil aviation staff and veterans.

Vladimir Putin congratulated Russian civil aviation staff and veterans on their professional holiday, Civil Aviation Worker’s Day.

The message reads, in part:

“The country’s aviation sector has seen many brilliant achievements and victories made possible by outstanding scientists, designers, engineers, pilots and other professionals who have served their homeland selflessly and have made Russia one of the world’s leading aviation powers.

It is important that new generations carry on these traditions. I see this as a reliable basis for the further development of our aviation sector and the strengthening of its research, technological and personnel potential. The effective achievement of current goals in the sector depends to a large degree on you, on your knowledge, skills and experience. The most important of these goals are to improve the ground and airport infrastructure, implement the latest technologies and equipment, and enhance flight safety and affordability. Your work has acquired a new dimension in light of the upcoming FIFA World Cup, which Russia will host in 2018, as well as other important events.”

Congratulations to La Stampa’s editorial staff and readers.

Vladimir Putin congratulated La Stampa’s editorial staff and readers on the 150th anniversary of the newspaper’s first issue.

The congratulatory message reads, in part:

“Congratulations on the 150th anniversary of the publication of the first issue of La Stampa, one of the oldest periodicals in Italy and all of Europe, a continent traditionally known for such values as freedom of expression, objectivity, impartiality and the readiness to allow any viewpoint to find its way to the reader. However, over the past several years, some of the most influential media outlets in Europe have turned into a tool to manipulate public opinion. Information wars have become a daily reality. The co-opted media prefer to present a distorted picture of what is going on to suit entrenched interests, and planted news stories have begun not only to ruin individual lives but also to redefine the political landscape of entire countries.

La Stampa is a model of journalism’s traditional values. Your publication gives voice to people with different views and provides good opportunities for constructive discussion. As a result, it is invariably marked by a profound and comprehensive analysis of current events, objectivity and well-substantiated evaluations.

Your staff writers have always been true professionals who sincerely love and know their trade and who firmly adhere to the lofty principles of journalistic ethics. Your highly professional work and responsible civic stance contribute to strengthening trust and mutual understanding among people from various countries and help address the pressing problems of modern society.”


La Stampa Logo.
La Stampa Logo.

Russian President visited Tretyakov Gallery.

Vladimir Putin visited the Tretyakov State Gallery to see the exhibitions:

“Roma Aeterna – Masterpieces of the Vatican Pinacotheca: Bellini, Raphael, Caravaggio” and “Masterpieces of Byzantium”, which opened today.

The Tretyakov Gallery is hosting the exhibition “Masterpieces of Byzantium” as part of the cross-cultural years between Russia and Greece. The exhibits include Byzantine art from the late 10th to early 16th centuries.

Previously, in May 2016, The Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens displayed Andrei Rublev’s icon “The Ascension”, on loan from the Tretyakov Gallery. The President of Russia attended the opening of the exhibition during his visit to Greece. In September 2016, Athens hosted an exhibition of unique icons and wooden sculptures of the 15th-19th centuries from the Tretyakov Gallery’s collection.

Roma Aeterna” features paintings of the 12th-18th centuries from the Vatican Museums’ collection, including those by Giovanni Bellini, Melozzo da Forlì, Perugino, Raphael, Caravaggio, Guido Reni, Guercino, and Nicolas Poussin. In 2017, the Vatican will host a reciprocal exhibition, which will primarily include Gospel-themed paintings by Russian artists from the Tretyakov Gallery’s collection.

General Director of the State Tretyakov Gallery Zelfira Tregulova gave the President of Russia a tour of the exhibition.


Vladimir Putin, Zelfira Tregulova.
Vladimir Putin with General Director of the State Tretyakov Gallery Zelfira Tregulova.
Vladimir Putin, Zelfira Tregula, Picture Gallery
Russian President and General Director of the State Tretyakov Gallery.
Putin, Tretyakov Gallery.
President Putin visited State Tretyakov Gallery.
Vladimir Putin, State Tretyakov Gallery. Russia, Moscow.
Vladimir Putin in State Tretyakov Gallery. Russia, Moscow.
Vladimir Putin, State Tretyakov Gallery.
Putin's visist to Tretyakov Gallery.
Vladimir Putin, Zelfira Tregulova, pictures gallery.
Vladimir Putin and Zelfira Tregulova.
Vladimir Putin in Tretyakov Gallery.
Russian President and Zelfira Tregulova in the State Tretyakov Gallery.
Vladimir Putin, Zelfira Tregulova.
Vladimir Putin with Zelfira Tregulova.

Putin talks with CEO of Volkswagen Matthias Mueller

Vladimir Putin met with CEO of Volkswagen AG Matthias Mueller to discuss various aspects of the company’s business in Russia.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Good afternoon, colleagues and friends. It is a great pleasure to see you.

Russia’s relations with Volkswagen go back a long way. The company has been working here since 1993, I think. Its investment and sales have reached a good level today, and Volkswagen accounts for 11 percent of the cars sold on our market. I think that around 10 percent of the vehicles produced here are sold abroad. This is a good result too. Volkswagen benefits from the incentives the Russian Government offers, and with their help, is selling quite a large number of vehicles.

We are very pleased to see that your business is developing well overall, though we are aware of the difficulties that exist with sales. We are always ready to discuss any questions you may have in order to help you to further develop your business on our market.

I am very happy to see you.

CEO of Volkswagen AG Matthias Mueller (retranslated):

Thank you very much, Mr. President, for the invitation, for the chance to meet with you today, and for your time.

Yes, we have longstanding relations with Russia. We started producing cars here in Russia more than 10 years ago now. Our investment now comes to more than 1.750 million euros. We are happy with our cooperation and are pleased to have this opportunity today to discuss the automotive industry’s development in Russia, and the development of industry in general here. We are pleased too to offer our support to Russia in order to develop our relations together with success.




Vladimir Putin, Mathhias Mueller.
Russian President Vladimir Putin with Matthias Mueller, CEO of Volkswagen in Kremlin.
Meeting with CEO of Volkswagen in Kremlin, Moscow.
Meeting with CEO of Volkswagen Matthias Mueller.
Vladimir Putin. Meeting with CEO of Volkswagen Matthias Mueller.
Vladimir Putin meeting with CEO of Volkswagen.
Vladimir Putin, Kremlin
Russian President at the meeting with Volkswagen CEO.
Meeting with Volkswagen CEO in Kremlin.
Meeting with CEO of Volkswagen in Kremlin.
Matthias Mueller.
CEO of Volkswagen Matthias Mueller.
CEO of Volkswagen.
Matthias Mueller, CEO of Volkswagen.

Presidential Prizes in Science and Innovation

Vladimir Putin presented Presidential prizes in Science and Innovation for Young Scientists in the Kremlin on Russian Science Day.

The prizes were established in 2008 and are awarded for research results that contribute to advancing natural and technical sciences and the humanities and for creating new equipment and progressive technologies that will boost the knowledge-based development of the national economy, social sphere and defense capability.

The 2016 Presidential prizes have been awarded to researchers in physics, mathematics and medicine.

  • Dmitry Blau, Yelena Lushchevskaya and Stanislav Poslavsky from the National Research Centre Kurchatov Institute have been awarded the prize for research into quark-gluon plasma using mega-installations and for developing the foundations of a new, highly productive computer algebra system for performing calculations in high energy physics.
  • Alexander Gaifullin, senior researcher at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Steklov Mathematical Institute, has been awarded the prize for resolving fundamental theoretical problems concerning the theory of flexible polyhedra, which lays the foundations for developing robotics.
  • Alexei Dmitriyev and Anna Kudryavtseva from the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology have been awarded the prize for decoding new mechanisms involved in the emergence and development of the specific metabolism of malignant epithelial tumors.
  • Ilya Romanchenko, PhD in physics and mathematics, junior researcher at the High Current Electronics Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Siberian Branch, has been awarded the prize for developing high-power radio pulse gyromagnetic generators that can be used to defend against terrorist threats and develop biomedical technologies.

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President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Good afternoon friends.

Let me start by congratulating with all my heart everyone involved in science on Russian Science Day.

This date’s significance goes beyond the scientific community alone. Russia’s science, traditions, schools, and unique achievements are, without question, part of not just our national heritage, but the world’s heritage. Scientific thought is part of our common culture and civilization, and the history of scientific ideas is a symbol of progress and advancement.

Technological development and the need to ensure environmental, biological and food security create great challenges for today’s world. The scale and complexity of these tasks is such that we can resolve them only with the help of a strong science sector and modern technology.

As you know, at the end of last year, we approved Russia’s national science and technology development strategy, which sets the main research priorities and main tasks for fundamental science, namely, to find solutions to the global challenges ahead.

It is very important that young researchers also take active part in this work. The strategy places particular emphasis on their support. The Russian Scientific Fund is currently drafting a program especially for this purpose. It will ensure that talented and highly educated people can and will aspire to realize their potential in full measure here, in Russia.

Young scientists are already making their contribution to developing new knowledge and offer many original solutions. The work and results of today’s laureates are proof of this.

Dmitry Blau, Yelena Lushchevskaya, and Stanislav Poslavsky work in nuclear and high energy physics and carry out a substantial part of their experiments at the Large Hadron Collider. Russia played a significant part in this unique international project’s creation and development. It is good to see that young Russian scientists have the chance to work at what is the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. Our laureates obtained results that shed light on how the universe came into being. They have also developed a new computer algebra system designed for carrying out calculations in high energy physics.

Alexander Gaifullin’s research is concerned with geometry and topology. He has created a new field that develops the theory of flexible polyhedra. He will tell us today what this is all about. True, we have already seen some information in the media. His research results have practical application for designing robots and other complex technical systems.

Alexei Dmitriyev and Anna Kudryavtseva work in the field of cancer research. The markers they have developed can be used to diagnose and set prognoses for some of the most common types of cancer. Their solutions are being used not only here in Russia, but at leading clinics and medical centers in 15 other countries, and I am sure that this number will grow.

Ilya Romanchenko’s work focuses on developing methods for generating radio wave and microwave radiation. His work has made it possible to design models of ultra-powerful radio impulse generators that can be used, including at great distance, to block the functioning of electronic devices and also be used in areas such as protection against terrorist threats.


We know that great achievements in any scientific field open the road to new breakthrough ideas. We can see this in the work of our winners, who travel boldly where no one has gone before and build on our scientific schools’ best traditions.

I want to thank you sincerely for your hard work, persistence, energy and will, your bold scientific quests, and your belief in your vocation. And, of course, I thank you for your achievements.

I wish you further success.

Thank you for your attention.


Vladimir Putin:


As you know, I take part in all kinds of events here and abroad. Listening to our today’s winners just now, I did not simply listen, but was entranced by what they said and how they spoke. I was struck by how they spoke. A simple but very positive thought came to my mind then. The foundations on which are country stands go so deep, and have such solid roots, that Russia’s bright and marvelous future is simply inevitable.

Thank you very much for your work.



Vladimir Putin, Russian flags.
Vladimir Putin at the presentation of the 2016 Presidential Prizes in Science and Innovation for Young Scientists.
Vladimir Putin, scientists.
At the presentation of the 2016 Presidential Prizes in Science and Innovation for Young Scientists.
Vladimir Putin, Alexei Dmitriyev.
Vladimir Putin with Alexei Dmitriyev. Presidential Prizes in Science 2016.
Vladimir Putin, young scientists, 2016.
Russian President with the laureates of the 2016 Presidential Prizes in Science for Young Scientists.
Vladimir Putin at the presentation of the Presidential Prizes in Science, 2016.
Presentation of the 2016 Presidential Prizes in Science and Innovation for Young Scientists.
Vladimir Putin, Anna Kudryavtseva.
Vladimir Putin with Anna Kudryavtseva. Presidential Prizes in Science 2016.
Education and Science Minister Olga Vasilyeva, Rector of Moscow State University Viktor Sadovnichy, and President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Vladimir Fortov.
Before the ceremony for presenting the 2016 Presidential Prizes in Science and Innovation for Young Scientists. From left to right: Education and Science Minister Olga Vasilyeva, Rector of Moscow State University Viktor Sadovnichy, and President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Vladimir Fortov.
Vladimir Putin, Alexander Gaifullin.
Vladimir Putin with Alexander Gaifullin. Presidential Prizes in Science 2016.
Vladimir Putin, Dmitriy Blau.
Vladimir Putin with Dmitry Blau. Presidential Prizes in Science 2016.
Vladimir Putin, Ilya Romanchenko.
Vladimir Putin with Ilya Romanchenko. Presidential Prizes in Science 2016.
Vladimir Putin, Stanislav Poslavsky.
Vladimir Putin with Stanislav Poslavsky. Presidential Prizes in Science 2016.
Vladimir Putin, Yelena Lushchevskaya.
Vladimir Putin with Yelena Lushchevskaya. Presidential Prizes in Science 2016.

Putin's conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel.

The discussion focused on the situation in southeastern Ukraine, which recently deteriorated due to Ukraine’s provocative actions. The parties expressed serious concern over the escalating armed conflict, which has caused human fatalities and significant destruction of the civil infrastructure and residential areas in several Donbass towns.

Vladimir Putin drew Angela Merkel’s attention to the data of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission as well as statements by official Kiev representatives, which indicate attempts by the Ukrainian security forces to change the situation at the contact line in their favour by military means. It is becoming obvious that Kiev officials are trying to sabotage the execution of the Minsk Agreements and use the Normandy format to conceal their destructive acts.

President Putin and Chancellor Merkel spoke for restoring the ceasefire immediately and supported the efforts of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in this context.

The parties agreed to intensify diplomatic efforts to assist with the peaceful resolution of the Ukrainian crisis. In particular, this includes contacts between foreign ministers and the leaders’ aides within the Normandy format in the earliest possible timeframe, and subsequent discussions of the situation at the top level.


Vladimir Putin had a meeting with Alexei Tsydenov.

Vladimir Putin met with Alexei Tsydenov, who has been appointed Acting Head of the Republic of Buryatia by Presidential Executive Order.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin:

Mr. Tsydenov, your professional career began in the Far East, didn’t it?

Alexei Tsydenov:

Yes, it did.

Vladimir Putin:

Where exactly? Could you tell me a little about it?

Alexei Tsydenov::

I started out at the transport services center of the Railway Ministry’s Far Eastern Railways. In 2001, when the first private rolling stock operators were created, I accepted a job at such a private company. In 2006, I moved to the Transport Ministry and then on to the Government Executive Office.

At the Government Executive Office, I held the positions of section head and deputy director of a department, after which I was promoted to the Federal Agency for Rail Transport. In 2012, I became Deputy Minister of Transport in charge of rail transport, research and the ground-based GLONASS components, as well as strategy and strategic planning documents.

Vladimir Putin

Did you maintain contacts with the regions?

Alexei Tsydenov::

Yes, I did, especially on strategic issues. We kept in touch because the majority of Russian regions have railways. We maintained close contacts in the framework of your instructions on commuter transportation and other elements of rail transportation.

Vladimir Putin::

In other words, you have a thorough understanding of the situation in Buryatia.

Alexei Tsydenov::

Yes, I do, and I have studied it additionally. I would like to say that Buryatia has a number of objective advantages, primarily its nature, which makes it an attractive tourist destination. It also has a large amount of untapped mineral resources, a favorable location with regard to Asia Pacific countries and promising markets.

The republic’s agriculture has good potential, especially livestock breeding, which is a traditional sector.

The republic has a high-tech industry, although a modest one, but it has a good future in light of the import substitution policy and the current situation.

I am convinced that the quality of life in Buryatia can be improved very quickly under your guidance and with support from the Government and Buryatia’s people. We will do everything in our power to attain this goal.

Vladimir Putin::

You have pinpointed the areas that should be given priority attention. Which of them holds the most promise? Where should we start for the people to see the improvements quickly?

Alexei Tsydenov::

The first issue we need to address is employment. This can be done quickly in livestock breeding and tourism but will take more time in mining, because development in this sector is connected to the transport and energy infrastructure. There is also a big international tourist potential, because Mongolia has a historical interest in Lake Baikal, and China is attracted to it as well. We can work to tap into this potential.

As for the people, they need good roads, comfortable living conditions, beautiful and comfortable courtyards, and social services – healthcare and education. We have some ideas, and I will try to turn them into reality.

Vladimir Putin::




Vladimir Putin, Alexei Tsudenov.
Russian President meeting with Alexei Tsydenov.
Vladimir Putin, Alexei Tsydenov in Kremlin.
Vladimir Putin and Alexei Tsydenov in Kremlin.
Alexei Tsydenov in Kremlin.
Alexei Tsydenov in Kremlin.