Vladimir Putin congratulated Russian civil aviation staff and veterans on their professional holiday, Civil Aviation Worker’s Day.
The message reads, in part:
“The country’s aviation sector has seen many brilliant achievements and victories made possible by outstanding scientists, designers, engineers, pilots and other professionals who have served their homeland selflessly and have made Russia one of the world’s leading aviation powers.
It is important that new generations carry on these traditions. I see this as a reliable basis for the further development of our aviation sector and the strengthening of its research, technological and personnel potential. The effective achievement of current goals in the sector depends to a large degree on you, on your knowledge, skills and experience. The most important of these goals are to improve the ground and airport infrastructure, implement the latest technologies and equipment, and enhance flight safety and affordability. Your work has acquired a new dimension in light of the upcoming FIFA World Cup, which Russia will host in 2018, as well as other important events.”
February 9, 2017