Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his annual address to the Federal Assembly (the two chambers of the Russian parliament, the cabinet, regional leaders, the judiciary and other dignitaries) and over 600 journalists in attendance at the Kremlin.
This was the 23rd speech to lawmakers in Russia’s modern history, and the 13th speech delivered by Vladimir Putin.
In his speech, President Vladimir Putin said that “Moscow is ready for dialogue with its international partners, but will not allow them to infringe on its interests or meddle in its decision-making.”
Putin noted that Russia is ready to participate in solving global and regional crises when necessary…
“We will not allow any infringement on the interests of the Russian Federation and we will manage our own destiny without tips and unsolicited advice.”
“We understand the extent of our responsibility and are sincerely willing to take part in solving global and regional problems, of course, where our involvement is appropriate, necessary, and in demand.”
“Russia stands for the safety and the possibility of development, not for just the chosen few, but for all countries and peoples, for respect for international law and the diversity of the world.”
On NATO and the EU…
“We are committed to a friendly, equal dialogue, to upholding the principles of justice and mutual respect in international affairs; we are ready for serious discussion on the creation of a stable system of international relations in the 21st century. Unfortunately, in this respect, the decades since the end of the ‘Cold War’ have gone by in vain.”
Russia’s policy in the Middle East isn’t opportunistic or a response to the deterioration in US-relations, but based on Russia’s plans for long-term development…
“Once again, I stress that Russia’s active eastern policy is not dictated by some opportunistic considerations of today, not even by the cooling in relations with the United States or the European Union, but by long-term national interests and trends of global development.”
President Putin urged the United States to join Russia to jointly fight international terrorism….
“We hope to unite our forces with the United States in the fight against the real threat, not the fictional one – international terrorism.”
Finally Putin stressed that Russia is ready to cooperate with the Trump Administration and hopes to join efforts with the United States in the fight against international terrorism, in particular in Syria…
“Russia is ready to cooperate with the new US Administration, it is important to normalize and develop bilateral relations on an equal and mutually beneficial basis.”
“Cooperation between Russia and the United States in addressing global and regional issues is in the interest of the whole world. We share responsibility for ensuring international security and stability.”