MOSCOW, December 4 (Sputnik) — During his address to the Federal Assembly on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Ukraine needs economic aid, not political games, but the West seems reluctant to offering such aid.
According to the Russian constitution, the president addresses parliament every year with a speech focusing on the country’s current situation and on the main aspects of domestic and foreign policy. Leaders of the Constitutional, Supreme and Arbitration courts, regional governors, heads of traditional religions and other prominent public figures take part in the event along with deputies and senators.
The first address was made by Boris Yeltsin on February 24, 1994. This year, this tradition celebrates its 20th anniversary.