29 Aug 2018 18:31

Addressing Russians on pension issue was Putin's style - Peskov

MOSCOW. Aug 29 (Interfax) - The televised presidential address to Russians on the subject of the pension reform was "a move in [President Vladimir] Putin's style," presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.

"It was a bold move, a move in Putin's style, in the style of Putin's convictions. He decided to address the people directly," Peskov told reporters.

"The president set out, openly and in detail, the rationale behind the initiative on these well-known reforms. He gave quite detailed and clear explanations as to why these reforms are needed now, while stressing that in theory one could just do nothing, it would be enough for his lifetime," Peskov said.

Asked whether the Kremlin thought that Putin's message would be enough to stop protests against the proposed reform in various Russian cities, Peskov referred to the president's remark that pension reform is always extremely controversial in any country.

"The president explained the A to Z of all the reasons that make these very changes necessary," he said.