President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, colleagues,
First, I would like to congratulate you on your high appointments to the Government of the Russian Federation.
I know that for each of you this is a great challenge and a crucial event. I sincerely wish you success. Your success is important not only for you but for the whole country.
I want to say that the previous Government did much to build up a base for further progress.
First and foremost, of course, very good macroeconomic conditions have been created. It is impossible to develop the economy without them, meaning that little would be achieved in the social sphere either.
Yet everything achieved through hard work – I am saying this somewhat ironically, however, it is true – must be properly used for the future and for attaining the overall national goals and for the efficient use of the instruments created for attaining these goals, I mean national projects.
The previous Government worked a lot on this, and these are viable instruments and worthy goals. You have everything you need to achieve them for the benefit of the country and our people. The key goal here is obviously to improve the well-being of our citizens and strengthen our statehood and the position of our state globally. These are all attainable goals.
I would like to wish you success once again and express hope that you will do everything you can to achieve the goals I mentioned twice.
Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin: Mr President, colleagues,
First, I would like to thank you, Mr President, for the trust you have place in our team.
We are all well aware that the goals we are facing are not easy. We will make every effort to reach them. Today, following our meeting, we are planning to hold the first meeting of the new Government to discuss, among other things, measures aimed at implementing the tasks set forth in the Address and other issues on the agenda.
Thank you for your trust. We hope that we will justify your expectations and those of our citizens.
Vladimir Putin: We have a very balanced Government. We have enough people from the previous Government, but there are also quite a few new members.
I am confident that with a line-up like this you will succeed in achieving the highest indicators.
Mr Mishustin, I would like to wish you success in your work as the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.
Mikhail Mishustin: Thank you.