Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov. The head of state congratulated Mr. Zyuganov on the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation. He stressed that he had never had conflicts with the party on defense and security issues. On the contrary, the head of state said, the communist faction has always set the necessary tasks for the government to ensure the security of Russia.
“I hope that, as a significant part of the patriotic movement in the country, the Communist Party of the Russian Federation will continue to fulfill this role. It makes a significant contribution to the political discussion, to the search for the most acceptable and rational solutions for the development of the country in the social sphere, in the economy, in the field of defense and security – here we have never had any contradictions at all, in my opinion, on the contrary,” said Vladimir Putin.
Gennady Zyuganov, in turn, thanked the president for supporting the proposals and legislative initiatives of the Communist Party. According to him, the cohesion of the political bloc is especially important in the context of the West’s “crusade and new war” against the “Russian world.”
“I worked for 20 years in the Council of Europe – I never imagined that Europe could fall under the Americans so much, but they just became insolent. But, I hope, we are obliged to win – and we will win, ”said the head of the communists. “So be it,” the president replied.