Vladimir Putin: Timely forecasts of international events are needed

President Vladimir Putin has urged Russian diplomats to look ahead and be ready for any, even unfavorable, turn of events in the international situation.

"We should influence more actively the situation where Russia's interests are directly involved, looking ahead and acting accordingly, being ready for any, even the most unfavorable, turn of events," Putin said, meeting with Russia's foreign ambassadors in Moscow on Monday.

The need to act fast, make a competent analysis of events and give forecasts is coming to the foreground, he said.

It is necessary to forestall the potential development of events, not just watch them passively, Putin said.

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