Putin said that Russia rightfully claims the title of great powers

Russia can claim and rightly claim the title of great powers, thanks to the outstanding people, said Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Those who are here today, in the Kremlin, of course, are the representatives of the various groups, thanks to which Russia can claim, and rightly claim to be called a great power," said Putin at the ceremony of presenting state awards for outstanding achievements in the field of science and technology, literature and art, and humanitarian activities, charity and human rights protection.

He quoted one of the winners, who spoke about the moral foundations on which life was built for centuries: mutual support, mutual assistance, the unification of efforts in solving common problems.

The head of state thanked the awardees for their hard work, talent and results of their work.