Yunus-bek Yevkurov: Mr President,
I have been the Head of the Republic for almost 11 years and a lot has been done during this time. From a republic at war, we have become one of the most dynamically developing regions. For five years we have been on the list of the 20 Russian regions to receive benefits for the level of social and economic development.
The main achievement is that the republic has gained a positive reputation both inside and outside Russia. This was partly the result of the great assistance provided by the federal authorities and with your personal participation. You visited our republic many times and took personal control of the most difficult issues.
I would not presume to say how well I dealt with the job, but I did my best. Today I believe that we need a new team, new people, therefore I would like to ask you to accept my early resignation. In the future I am ready to perform any job in any sector or area in the interests of our great country.
Thank you for trusting in me, Mr President.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: I would like to thank you for the work you have done in the republic.
There are still many problems, but they are not so different from the problems of the country in general. This includes the need to raise people’s incomes. Unfortunately, growing housing utility rates and increasing prices in general seriously affect the people’s well-being and require the constant attention of both the federal and the regional authorities, Ingushetia included.
Still, I noticed just recently, higher than average figures in areas like construction and industrial production. Improvements in the financial area are obvious; your budget has had a surplus lately. All of this creates positive and favourable conditions for further development.
I hope that the new government of the republic will take all this into consideration and will work at it seriously. I would like to ask you to pass your positive experience to the new leader, bring him up to date and help him in his first days in office.
Yunus-bek Yevkurov: Yes, sir. Thank you for your trust.
Vladimir Putin: Thank you.