7 May 2018 15:05

Putin promises to meet society's, citizens' expectations

MOSCOW. May 7 (Interfax) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised to do everything he can to meet society's expectations.

"As head of state, I will do everything to increase the power of prosperity and the glory of Russia, so as to meet the expectations of society and the country's citizens," Putin said at his inauguration ceremony at the Kremlin on Monday.

"We know that our fatherland and our people had a very hard time in the 1990s and in the early 2000s, along with absolutely necessary historical changes. A lot, but not everything, has now been rebuilt. Not all historical wounds have healed, not all losses and problems have been resolved. Life constantly gives us new challenges, difficult new tasks, and we will have to work hard to achieve them," Putin said, adding that "the work needs to begin immediately."

The president said in his speech that he plans to pursue modern social policies designed to meet the needs of every person and every family in Russia.

"Increase the quality of education and healthcare. We will pay special attention to supporting traditional family values, mothers and children, so that as many as possible cherished, healthy, smart, and talented babies are born in Russia," Putin said.

These children will eventually have to "continue building our country and achieve even greater successes than their parents, to respect and continue the history of our fatherland," he said.