- Title: Outgoing year was challenging, drew Russia together -Putin
- Date: 31st December 2016
- Summary: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (RECENT) (RUSSIA POOL - EMBARGOED UNTIL 2050 GMT DECEMBER 31, 2016) VIEW OF KREMLIN CLOCK ON SPASSKAYA TOWER WITH TEXT READING (Russian) 'NEW YEAR ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR VLADIMIROVICH PUTIN'
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- Keywords: Russia New Year Vladimir Putin address holiday message
- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- City: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0015F7QA13
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- Story Text: PLEASE NOTE: USE OF THIS EDIT IS EMBARGOED UNTIL 2050 GMT DECEMBER 31, 2016
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the outgoing year was challenging for the country but has drawn it together, in his New Year message, aired as the country entered 2017.
"The most important thing is that we believe in ourselves, our strength and out country," Putin said.
He made special mention of those who would be at work during the holiday period and those on military service.
"To all those who are at work or on army duty tonight go my kindest wishes for the incoming year."
The New Year's address was broadcast to Russia's Far East regions many hours before it aired in Moscow, where the president's message is typically shown just before midnight (2100 GMT).
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