LIVE: Putin addresses the nation: Russia's plans for the next six years

Russian President Vladimir Putin began his 19th State of the Nation Address 15 minutes late

by Sededin Dedovic
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LIVE: Putin addresses the nation: Russia's plans for the next six years
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Russian President Vladimir Putin began his 19th State of the Nation address, although, as usual, he was 15 minutes late, which has become almost routine for such events. While you are reading this, the speech is in progress, and we will report on the entire address a little later.

Putin announced in advance that during his speech he will highlight key goals for the next six years, which is the result of intensive discussions and research in cooperation with experts from various fields. Of course, the public and the whole world are interested in what views he will express on the aggression against Ukraine, but this time Putin focused on the well-being of Russian society and economy.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov pointed out that Putin personally prepared the speech, which indicates that the speech was prepared in detail and nothing was left to chance. In the introduction, Putin emphasized that every address to the Federal Assembly represents a vision of the future.

"We will discuss strategic goals that will shape our long-term development," he pointed out, hinting at a deep commitment to building a stable future for Russia. "This action plan was shaped through continuous dialogue with citizens across the country.

Their real needs and desires guided our policy," he added, emphasizing the importance of listening to the voice of the people. Putin emphasized that the country faces great challenges that require collective efforts. "Alone we can achieve a lot, but together we can achieve miracles", he pointed out, calling for unity and cooperation among all sectors of society.

The speech was broadcast live on national television channels and online, allowing all citizens to follow. About 1,000 people attended the ceremony, but Putin emphasized that his message was addressed to all citizens of Russia, regardless of their position or status.

Last year, Putin began his speech by explaining the reasons for launching a "special military operation," but this time the focus was on plans for the future and ways to improve the lives of all citizens. He gave his longest State of the Nation address (115 minutes) in 2018, including a wide range of topics from economics to international relations.

The shortest speeches were in 2004 and 2005, but the length of the speech is not a measure of its importance or content. The average duration of Putin's speeches was 70 minutes, but we learned from the past that their impact on politics and society was long-term and profound.

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