Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual speech before the Federal Assembly on December 3. He focused on the global terrorism, economy issues, politics and security matters around the world and current problems in regions of Russia.
112.ua offers the most important quotes and messages from the speech.
Putin once again charged Turkey with buying oil from the ISIL militants and reminded the audience of the downed Su-24 bomber. “I don’t understand why they would do something like that. Any questions, any problems, any contradictions we didn’t consider in first place could be solved some other way. Moreover, we were ready to cooperate with Turkey on the most sensitive issues for this country; we were ready to cooperate with them even closer than their allies wanted to”, he said.
Speaking about the ongoing military campaign in Syria, Putin said: “Militants who gathered in Syria are particularly dangerous to us. There are many Russian-born fighters, and those who come from the CIS countries. They get money, weapons and build up their forces. So if they get strong enough in Syria, they will inevitably come here to sow fear and hatred, to blow up, to kill and torture people. And our task here is to prevent that and destroy them from a distant range. That’s why the decision was made to launch the military operation, as the legitimate Syrian government officially requested. Our Armed Forces in Syria fight, above all else, for Russia, maintaining security of our citizens”.
Economic situation in Russia
The Head of the state assessed the economic situation in Russia as “tough, but not critical one”.
“But that doesn’t mean we can relax and wait for a miracle to happen, or just wait till the oil prices go up. Such an approach is absolutely unacceptable. We should understand that this period of low oil prices and external limitations could extend for a while”.
Russia’s position among world leaders
“Right now, countries are being ranked in terms of division of labor. These ranking will hold for the next several decades, so we can and we have to take our position among leaders. Russia has no right to be vulnerable. We should be strong in various fields: economy, technologies, professional competence et cetera. We should use current favorable opportunities that may never get back”.
“We are confident in our deeds, all the more now, when Russia openly fights global terrorism. We make decisions and bring them to life, knowing we can cope with the current tasks – on our own and united”.