'We are going to launch drones, and then we'll send in pilots. We'll be able to explore the further space from the Moon, and then we can explore Mars. The first program will be completed very soon, in 2019; then, we'll send a mission to Mars,' Putin said.
According to him, Russian experts are now trying to land on the Moon's poles. 'There are reasons to believe there is water there', the Russian leader said.