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    Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his Annual Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly at the Kremlin's St. George Hall

    Russian President Putin to Make Annual Address to Federal Assembly

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    MOSCO (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will make his annual address to the country's bicameral parliament, the Federal Assembly, which comprises Federation Council and State Duma, on Thursday.

    The official ceremony is expected to start at 12 p.m. Moscow time (9:00 GMT).

    According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Putin in his address will touch upon a wide range of issues, topics, fields of the economy and areas of future development.

    As Putin is currently seeking his re-election, his vision of the results of work performed over the year and prospects for future work are likely to coincide with the key points of his election program, however, the address must not be perceived as a campaign document, according to Putin's election team headquarters.

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    The incumbent Russian president is also expected to provide an assessment of the priority projects' implementation and to give his recommendations for the future in this regard, according to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

    The annual presidential address to the Federal Assembly reflects the leadership’s vision of strategic areas of Russia's development in the near future. The address usually covers political, economic, and ideological issues, as well as specific proposals for the legislature’s work.

    Senators, lawmakers, members of the Russian government as well as the heads of the country's Constitutional and Supreme courts are traditionally present at the ceremony.

    Putin was initially expected to address the Federal Assembly in late 2017, however, the date of his speech was subsequently rescheduled for 2018. The previous speech was delivered by Putin on December 1, 2016.

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