20 Jun 2019 13:28

National projects don't promise communism, but will soon bring results - Putin

MOSCOW. June 20 (Interfax) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned against comparing national projects to irrational plans of the Soviet administration.

"This isn't the case of that Soviet pledge that this generation of Soviet people will live to see communism, and no one knew what this generation meant," Putin said in response to the question of when the Russian population might see the fruit of national projects during his Q&A session on Thursday.

"Then later they said that instead of communism they had the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980," Putin said.

Results of the national projects "should be tangible right now, this year, and the year after that," he said. "They should be felt through the level of incomes and salaries. We are aware of the existence of problems. But there are some positive trends, as well," Putin said.

The government is making sizable investments in education and healthcare, he said. "This is where money should be invested, too, and such investments are already being made," Putin said.