Putin's State of the Nation Address: New Russia In Changing World
The ideas put forward by Vladimir Putin have found a broad response not only among Russian but also among Western experts and politicians. Analysts say that according to President Putin, Russia will soon undergo cardinal changes.
FIRST: Russia is entering into a new stage of its development. Delivering his annual State of the Nation Address to the Federal Assembly, the Russian President stressed that soon the world would have to fight global battles for resources, where capital human, not oil or gas, will figure prominently. Russia needs serious changes to be able to respond to this challenge, armed with a thorough knowledge of what is necessary for this.
Both the economic and social life of Russia as well as its home and foreign policy will undergo changes. Putin paid paramount attention to the government- people relationship. Russia is a democracy-based state and it has no other future, Putin said adding that it is the democracy of the Russian people, not the one that was brought to this country from the outside.
It should be mentioned that Putin’s words about the uniqueness of the Russian civilization and democracy, as well as about the integration of the Eurasian countries, were disapproved by a number of Western political analysts. And still, the majority of experts are doing justice to the policy of the Russian President. The leading specialist of the Brookings Institution (USA) Steven Pifer said that there was nothing strange in the fact that various countries are seeking to achieve integration. Putin’s words about the necessity to continue such processes in the post-Soviet space should not be qualified as Moscow’s determination to restore the former Soviet Union, Steven Pifer says. Their voluntary accession to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and also to the Customs Union and to the Eurasian Union is their personal matter.
A Spanish political analyst Manuel Parra focused his attention on the beginning of the Russian President’s speech, where Putin mentioned the challenges both Russia and other countries are facing.
"Putin is absolutely right when he says that the world is entering an epoch of cardinal changes. Meaning the growing globalization and the change of the main players on the international arena. New poles are emerging, and new trade and economic centres are appearing in the world today. The multi-polar world demands more weighty domestic and foreign policy the countries of the East as well as Latin American countries have started playing a more important role."
A Serbian political analyst Gostimir Popovic says that Putin’s State of the Nation Address contains a very important message regarding foreign policy.
"There are several hotbeds of conflict in the world today, created by the USA and NATO - the Middle East and North Africa. South America can also turn into a crisis region. The strengthening of Russia’s geopolitical activity is exactly what is needed today because this could be helpful in settling the existing problems in compliance with the democratic principles and with the people’s will, not with the will imposed by somebody."
The pro-rector of the Russian Economic University Sergei Markov, in the first place, paid attention to the moral and ethical aspect of Putin’s State of the Nation Address.
"Vladimir Putin has started distancing himself from naked pragmatism which reigned supreme in the 2000s Russia has got tired of. It is demanding an approach, based on values and ideals. And Putin said: “We must do our utmost to restore morality and give up excessive egoism”. Russia’s President understands perfectly well that his country needs a national ideology, and he has outlined its general contours."