OREANDA-NEWS. The current year was not easy, and the coronavirus pandemic has become a challenge for the economy and social sphere of Russia. This was announced on December 23 by President Vladimir Putin.

“We all understand that the current year was not easy for Russia and for the whole world. The coronavirus epidemic has become a challenge for national economies, for the social sphere of almost all states, a serious test for people,” Putin said at a joint meeting of the State Council and the Council for Strategic Development and National Projects. The President stressed that, despite the fact that the pandemic has become a particular challenge, it has not canceled Russia’s development agenda.

On December 21, the Russian leader noted that it is important to use all the possibilities of international cooperation to defeat the coronavirus of a new type. According to him, Russia is ready to work together with other countries.