The world will be ruled by whoever becomes the best in the global competition for technology and knowledge, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a council on science and education.
"The global competition for technology and knowledge around the world is growing rapidly... it is absolutely clear that whoever becomes the leader will determine the future path of development of all mankind," Putin said.
The Russian President said scientific and technological sovereignty should be the goal of Russia. In his opinion, the state has everything to become a leader in science.
Following his speech, the head of state instructed the Russian government to develop a new programme for scientific and technological development, completely changing the principles of financing the industry.
The Russian president added that the experience of organising complex technological projects in the defence industry should be taken into account when creating it.
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