Putin ruled out emergence of “slobberer” as president of Russia
According to the president, citizens give strength and courage to the head of state.
At a meeting in Botlikh, Dagestan, with militias who fought against terrorists in August-September 1999, Russian President Vladimir Putin ruled out the appearance of “some slobberer” as head of state, RBC reported.
Putin noted the courage of Russian citizens and said that the country should be led by a president with the same qualities.
“With such people, with such wonderful, beautiful and kind women, with such courageous and strict men in Russia, there can be some slobberer head of state – this goes without saying, it is merely impossible,” the president said. That was his response to the statement of one of the participants in the meeting, who said that the Dagestanis are proud of such a president. Putin emphasized that people give strength and courage to the head of state.
Speaking about the events of 1999 in Dagestan, Putin emphasized that at that time he saw support from citizens and realized that people were ready to make big sacrifices for the sake of their homeland.
“From that moment it became clear to me that we will win, and no terrorists will get us, and they have no chance,” the president said.
In August 1999, militants invaded Dagestan under the command of Shamil Basayev and field commander Khattab. Terrorists from the territory of Chechnya entered the Boltikh and Novolak Districts of Dagestan. The territory of the republic was liberated by federal troops, which lost several hundred people killed. By mid-September 1999, the militants were completely driven out of Dagestan.