31 december, 2009 09:00  

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin answers a question by a Channel One correspondent regarding the coming New Year


Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has wished the Russian people a Happy New Year in a Channel One interview.

Question: Mr Putin, as Prime Minister of Russia, what would you like to tell TV viewers on New Year's Eve?

Vladimir Putin: We always look forward to the New Year. We look forward to it because of our expectations for the New Year, if not with some miracle, at least with some change, change for the better.

At the same time, if life consisted only of sparkling champagne, fireworks and holidays, it would not bring full satisfaction either. As a rule, life brings satisfaction when it involves overcoming certain difficulties and making progress towards success through these difficulties.

My wish is that our difficulties be of an applied and practiced nature, that they are part of the road to success and that our successes are substantive, impressive and that they lead to improvement in every aspect of our lives.

Happy New Year!