Russia's Putin stresses love for family in New Year greeting

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen in the photo. (Press Service of the Russian President/TASS)

MOSCOW, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the people to express love to their family members in his traditional New Year greeting that went on air Sunday.

Putin said the New Year is a family holiday and important changes will come if people remember and care for parents while understanding children and supporting people around.

He asked everyone to forgive and hug each other and share the New Year happiness with relatives and friends even far away.

The president also praised those on duty during the holidays.