Russia: Putin addresses Council for Science and Education

Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded “clear aims and measurable performance indicators" for science and technology in a meeting with the Council for Science and Education in Moscow, Wednesday. Speaking with scientists and members of the government, Putin emphasised that Siberia, the Far East and the Arctic should be developed as they have huge industrial potential. Putin also wants to see financing target “key areas," stressing that the role of science in Russia should be "one of the most important instruments" for society’s "development." Putin also affirmed that Russia “must be ready for competition” in the sphere of scientific research, adding that the “world is changing" and technological advancements "affect all areas of life."