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    Russian President Vladimir Putin is delivering his annual State of the Nation Address to the Federal Assembly on the situation in the country and the country's domestic and foreign policy priorities.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers an annual State of the Nation Address on Thursday to the Russian Parliament, the Federal Assembly, on foreign and domestic policy priorities in accordance with the Constitution.

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    • 13:14

      Russia Has Become Stronger Despite Difficulties

      In recent years, Russia has faced difficulties, but it has become stronger. Difficulties helped us more clearly define those areas in which we must act more decisively.

       December 1, 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his Annual Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly at the Kremlin's St. George Hall.
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    • 13:13

      Attempts to Break Status Que Regarding Nuclear Weapons Are Dangerous

      I would like to emphasize that attempts to break the strategic parity is extremely dangerous and can lead to a global catastrophe, one should not forget about it even for a minute.

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    • 13:09

      Russia-US Cooperation in Interest of the Whole World

      Russia is ready to cooperate with the new US administration on an equal footing. The Russia-US cooperation is in the interest of the whole world. Russia is counting on the cooperation with the US in the fight against a real, not an imaginary threat, with international terrorism. Our servicemen are also solving this issue in Syria.

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    • 13:08

      Russian Cooperation With China Increasing

      Today, China is becoming the world's largest economy, and it is important that every year our win-win cooperation is replenished with new large-scale projects in different areas: trade, investment, energy, high technology. Russia-China strategic cooperation is one of the key factors of global and regional stability.

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    • 13:07

      West Accused Russia of Censorship, Now Itself Resorts to it

      We were accused by the West of introducing censorship in the country, but now they themselves resort to it. Russia opposes any monopoly, whether in claims of exceptionalism or in attempts to build the rules of international trade for themselves, restrict freedom of speech, de-facto censor the global information space.

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    • 13:05

      Russia Not Looking for Enemies, We Need Friends

      We do not want confrontation with anyone, we do not need it, our partners and the world community don't need it too. Unlike our foreign colleagues, who see Russia as an enemy, we do not seek and have never sought enemies, we need friends.

       December 1, 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his Annual Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly at the Kremlin's St. George Hall.
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    • 13:04

      We've Been Facing Attempts of Foreign Pressure

      We've been facing attempts of foreign pressure over the past year. We will not allow to disregard our interests, threaten them. We want to and will independently manage our own destiny, build the present and the future without unwanted advices.

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    • 13:01

      Russia Should Bolster Cyberdefense

      There are some risks related to digital technologies. It is necessary to boost the protection against cyberthreats. The stability of all elements of infrastructure, financial system, public administration system must be significantly increased.

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    • 12:58

      Russia Must Focus on New Technologies

      We must focus on new technologies: neurotechnologies, robotechnics etc. Russia should develop a large-scale system of a digital economy, focusing on the Russian inventions. It is an issue of national security, technological independence of Russia, our common future.

    • 12:52

      No Past Achievements, Contacts Will Help Corrupt Officials Escape Punishment

      As for the fight against corruption, no past achievements, contacts will help corrupt officials escape punishment. But no one can rule that a person is guilty before court's decision. The fight against corruption should be professional and responsible despite "information noise" surrounding scandals.

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    • 12:47

      Russian Gov't Should Work on a Detailed Plan of Economic Development

      I am ordering the government to work out, with the help of the leading business groups, to work out by no later than May next year a detailed plan until 2025, whose implementation will allow the economy to grow as early as in 2019-2020 at a faster rate than the world average.

    • 12:44

      Protectionism is One of Main Economic Issues

      We discussed the problems of the world trade during the APEC summit in Lima, Peru. The increase of protectionism is one of the main issues. It means that we must more actively fight for the access to foreign markets. Strong international competition will make our economy healthier, make Russian companies more efficient.

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    • 12:37

      Russian Defense Industry - Drive for Economy

      The Russian defense industry is a drive for the economy. In 2016, expected rate of growth of the defense production will be 9.8 percent. The share of modern civilian products of Russian defense companies should soon stand at no less than a third.

    • 12:35

      Inflation Rate Will Decrease in 2016

      We expect inflation to significantly fall this year. It will be less than 6 percent. As you recall, inflation was 12.9 percent in 2015. I hope that this year it will not be above 6 percent and come to about 4.8 percent. The tendency is obviously positive and significant.

      Live broadcast of Vladimir Putin's Annual Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly
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    • 12:31

      Economic Slowdown due to Internal Issues

      Despite sanctions imposed two years ago, the main reason for the economic slowdown are internal issues. The GDP decline in 2016 will be small, about 0.2 percent. Russia cannot afford its economy to show zero growth.

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    • 12:29

      2017 Year in Russia - Year of Ecology

      The next year, 2017, will be dedicated to ecological issues. I order the government to develop programs on the preservation of such unique natural symbols of Russia as the Volga River, Lake Baikal, Lake Teletskoye.

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    • 12:20

      Nobody Should Prohibit Open Expression of Political and Economic Views

      I emphasize that in culture, politics, media, in public life and in the debate on economic issues nobody can prohibit to think and openly express their position.

    • 12:11

      Russia Concerned That More Conflicts Are Emerging Around the World

      We are concerned that more conflicts emerge in the world, even in stable countries there are a lot of conflicts based on political, national, religious, social differences. All this occures amid a major migrant crisis, which, for example, the European countries have been facing.

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    • 12:05

      Russian People United Due to Love to the Country

      We have to solve problems in diffucult, unusual conditions, as it has often happened in history. And the Russian people once again proved that they are able to respond to challenges, to defend and protect national interests, sovereignty and independence of the country's course.

    • 12:03

      Russian President Vladimir Putin's Address to the Federal Assembly Begins

      The presidential address is traditionally attended by members of both houses of the Federal Assembly, as well as distinguished guests. Cabinet members, the chairmen of the Constitutional and Supreme Courts, the prosecutor general, the chairman of the Central Electoral Commission, the head of the Accounting Chamber, members of the State Council, the leaders of the country’s main religions, and representatives of the Russian Civil Chamber are also invited to the Kremlin.

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