Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation

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Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the nation in the annual address to the Federal Assembly as tensions build at home and abroad.

Putin’s speech also comes amid heightened tensions with Ukraine, dissatisfaction inside the country with stagnant income and rising inflation, the coronavirus pandemic, new sanctions by United States and increasing pressure from the international community over allegations of espionage and election interference.

Here are the main quotes from President Putin

DEFENSE

“Russia once again urges its partners to discuss issues related to strategic weapons, possibly to create an environment of conflict-free coexistence. “

FOREIGN POLICE

“If someone uses an arrogant and selfish tone, Russia will always find a way to defend its position.”

“It turns into a kind of sport – which can say something negative about Russia the loudest.”

“We behave in a sober and modest manner. Often times, we don’t respond to outright rudeness; we want to have a good relationship. We are not trying to burn bridges.

“I hope no one will think of crossing the so-called ‘red lines’ against Russia, which we ourselves will define in each separate case. Russia’s response will be symmetrical, swift and tough. The organizers of any provocation threatening our fundamental security interests will regret their actions more than they have long regretted.

“It seems that everyone is already used to the practice of imposing illegal and politically motivated sanctions, of trying to impose their will on others by force.

“But now this practice escalates into something more dangerous – for example, an attempt to stage a coup in Belarus and an attempt to assassinate the president of that country. … The West is silent on this issue.

“You can have any position on Lukashenko’s policy, but organizing a coup and planning the assassination of a head of state is too much.

ECONOMIC SUPPORT

“The main thing is to ensure the growth of real incomes for citizens”,

“The pandemic has exacerbated the problems of social inequality and poverty around the world. We are facing a rise in prices. It is impossible to rely solely on targeted and directive measures. This leads to empty shelves, as was the case in the late 1980s. Now, even at the height of the epidemic, we did not allow it. With the help of market mechanisms, it is necessary to ensure price control.

“I call on the government to take action to help low income families with children by July 1. “

“In Russia, single-parent families will receive a payment of 5,650 rubles ($ 73) for each child aged 8 to 16.”

“We need to help women who are expecting a baby and are in financial difficulty. It is very important that the future mother feels the support of the state so that she can keep the child. To help financially difficult women who are expecting a child… I offer a monthly payment of 6,000 rubles ($ 78) per month.

“Families with schoolchildren will receive 10,000 rubles ($ 130) per child.”

“It was impossible to avoid budget cuts [last year] absolutely. To support the creation of new jobs, the State will stimulate activity. I ask the government to submit additional measures within a month to support small and medium-sized businesses, including in the tax area.

COVID-19[feminine

« Avec une anxiété naturellement grande, j’avais personnellement la ferme conviction que nous surmonterions toutes les épreuves [of the pandemic]. After rallying, we were able to work ahead of the curve. The number of hospital beds has more than quintupled. … For the tremendous work of people in all regions, I want to thank you with all my heart.

“The three coronavirus vaccines developed in Russia are a direct embodiment of our country’s growing scientific and technological potential. “

“I appeal to all citizens of Russia: get vaccinated. This will allow the formation of collective immunity by the fall.

“There is no other way to beat the pandemic.”

“There are still many unresolved issues in the health, human and technological fields. The entire health system in Russia must be built on a new technological basis. “

“Everyone should have the opportunity to get vaccinated. Again, with the call: Get vaccinated. This is the only way to block this terrible virus. “

“Global health is on the verge of a revolution, and we cannot miss it. The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of telemedicine and new approaches. Our task is to put these technologies at the service of the citizens of our country, but also to solve the current problems. There should be no queues in hospitals, no difficulty in diagnosing and getting prescriptions. “

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