President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Good afternoon, colleagues.
I wanted to see you in order to, first, thank you for your work. Clearly, some of you managed to run a campaign and win, others did not, and still others chose to finish their work in this capacity for a number of reasons.
However, you and I know how difficult and diverse the work of a regional leader is, large or small it does not really matter. The size of the region is not important.
What matters is how a person does his job, how genuine is his desire to improve the life of the people in a particular territory, so that the people can feel positive change in healthcare, housing and utilities and environmental protection. This is all becoming increasingly important and relevant. It is an enormous responsibility to your regions and our country in general.
I want to wish you success in your work, and I am grateful to you for the work you have done. I am confident that you will manage to succeed; in any case, I will strive to make this happen, make good use of your skills and life and professional experience in other areas.
I propose discussing this now. Thank you once again for your efforts to develop our country.