The Russian president has expressed certainty that Russia would manage to achieve a breakthrough, as the whole country is "one big team, which can solve any tasks."
"We need breakthroughs in all spheres of life. I am deeply convinced that these breakthroughs can only be provided by a free society that perceives everything new and embraces all advances while rejecting injustice, stagnation, red tape and bureaucratic inertia - all that binds people and prevents them from fully revealing who they are and realizing themselves and their talents; these limit the aspirations and imperil the future of our entire country," Putin stated.
The president characterized the present time as a turbulent era, noting that "the way forward is not easy."
"The way forward is not easy; it is always a difficult quest. History does not forgive only one thing: indifference and inconsistency, laxity and complacency. Especially today - at a turning point, an era of turbulent changes throughout the world," he stated.
The president has described his principle goals during the six-year term.
"Our aim is to build a Russia for the people, a country of opportunities for the self-realization of every person. I am deeply convinced that there is a direct, absolute connection between the broad tasks of our nation and the daily demands of our citizens, because only in this way can we create the necessary conditions for innovation and development, and - very importantly - an atmosphere of mutual responsibility, support, and faith in our society," Putin said during the inauguration.
He compared Russia to the Phoenix:
"For more than a thousand years of history, Russia has regularly been tested by periods of turmoil; it has always, always re-emerged, like the Phoenix, ascending to a height beyond the reach of others, achieving goals considered unattainable. For our country, these tests became a new springboard, a new historical frontier for a further, more powerful leap forward," Putin said.