Putin’s Address to the Nation: Sovereignty, coexistence with the West, and what self-defense will mean

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Comment: RT has put out a set of articles highlighting different aspects of Putin’s Address to the Nation. In it he has clearly articulating Russia’s current thinking regarding its place in the world and what it means to defend that place. Sovereign Russia is a given The world’s largest country will forever stay independent or it will cease to exist, but this core idea is what makes Russia differ from others, Vladimir Putin said in his annual address. “Russia was and will be a sovereign and independent state. It is an axiom, it will either be such or it won’t exist at all,” Putin stated in the 2019 keynote speech. He said other countries can afford being dependent, but Russia cannot. Russia can’t exist as a state if it is not sovereign. Other countries should take this into account when engaging Moscow, the President noted. “Building ties with us is to find common solutions, including to the most complicated issues, not to dictate conditions,” according to Putin.

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