“Russia has the potential, and we will consistently strengthen it, adequately responding to the geopolitical and technological challenges of the 21st century,” RIA Novosti quotes Putin's congratulations on the air of the Russia 24 TV channel.

Putin expressed gratitude to the nuclear industry workers for their excellent work.

He also wished them success, health and all the best.

Earlier, Vladimir Putin awarded the title of Hero of Labor to nuclear scientist Georgy Rykovanov for his special labor services and significant contribution to improving the country's defense capability.