Threats to the West and guarantees to the Russians: what Putin stated within the Duma | EUROtoday

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The West has miscalculated, Putin repeated, it has not grasped how robust the dedication of the united Russian folks is: “We will not allow interference in our internal affairs.” And that is the situation positioned upon the beginning of negotiations with the United States on the strategic steadiness, to which Putin says he’s open so long as they take Moscow's place on Ukraine into consideration. In this regard, the Russian president as soon as once more denied the rumors – which have circulated within the United States in current weeks – about Moscow's intention to put in nuclear weapons in house: a bait, Putin said, “to induce us into negotiations for use and consumption of the United States”, who on the eve of the elections need to present themselves as masters of the world. Their accusations “are baseless”, stated Putin, who additionally dismissed as “nonsense” the speculation that Russia might go “beyond Ukraine” and assault different “European countries”. Moscow, he repeated, won’t repeat the error of the Soviet Union and won’t permit the West to tug it into an arms race “which would eat up an excessive part of the budget”.

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Electoral measures

Here the speech reconnects to the half to which Putin devoted probably the most time, peppering it all the way down to the smallest element with figures, initiatives and guarantees with which the president wished to please and reassure the voters: the warfare won’t have an effect on their future, and the eye of the State. In actuality, the federal price range already foresees an unprecedented enhance in navy spending this yr, to the detriment of different objects: an imbalance compensated by the flood of commitments listed by the president. Putin has emphatically relaunched a sequence of “National Projects” devoted to the household, younger folks, the coaching of managers, small companies and digitalisation. He spoke of an economic system with progress charges above the worldwide common and inspired the areas to dedicate extra assets to renewing infrastructure. He ensured tax breaks and subsidies for the classes of veterans, public staff, college students and households with a number of kids dedicated to reversing the demographic decline.

The enchantment to nationalism

“These are objectives that we can only achieve together,” Putin repeated. At the tip of the speech, nevertheless, Putin returned to the subject of warfare: «The realization of all these plans – he stated – relies on our troopers who combat on the entrance, sacrificing themselves for us and for his or her homeland. The coronary heart fills with satisfaction. Victory in Ukraine is the true measure of our success. Let us bow to them.” The applause here was longer than the previous ones. «We are a big united family – concluded Putin, overlooking the repression that is extinguishing, one after the other, the voices against the war -. I believe in our victory, in success, in the future of Russia!

Navalny's armored funeral

Outside, on the outskirts of Moscow, the streets had been already cordoned off across the cemetery the place Alexei Navalny, who died on February 16 in jail, will probably be buried on Friday. While surveillance cameras had been being put in on the corners, the police had been already asking passers-by for paperwork.