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Putin's Year-End Address: Defending Russia's National Interests and Security

© Sputnik / Mikhail Klimentyev / Go to the mediabankPresident of Russia Vladimir Putin sends New Year address to the nation on New Year’s eve. Archive photo.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin sends New Year address to the nation on New Year’s eve. Archive photo. - Sputnik India, 1920, 31.12.2023
In Putin's televised year-end address, Putin characterized the year as a firm defense of Russia's national interests, stressing the importance of unity.
2023 was the year Russia firmly defended its national interests. This is how Russian President Vladimir Putin characterized the outgoing year in his televised address Sunday.

"We are seeing off 2023, very soon it will become part of history, and we must move forward to create the future," Putin said.

"In the outgoing year, we worked hard and accomplished a great deal, were proud of our common achievements, rejoiced at our successes and remained firm in the defense of our national interests, our freedom and security, our values, which have been and remain an unshakable pillar of support for us," Putin added.

The president characterized Russians' concern for Russia's fate as the main factor which unites the country, saying people have "a deep understanding of the tremendous significance of the historical stage through which Russia is passing" through, and the "colossal responsibility" for the motherland which each Russian feels.

Key Points from Vladimir Putin's New Year Address

Russia firmly defended its interests and security in 2023, we are all united by the fate of the Fatherland;
Russia has to move forward and create the future;
We will never retreat, there is no force that can divide us and stop our development;
Putin wished all Russian families all the best: we decide the fate of Russia, we are one big family, we are together.
"We will ensure the confident development of the fatherland, the well-being of our citizens, and will become even stronger. We are together, and this is the most reliable guarantee of Russia's future," Putin said.
Sunday's address was the second time Putin addressed Russians amid the ongoing full-scale NATO proxy war against Russia in Ukraine. In last year's address, Putin called 2022 a "year of difficult but necessary decisions," and "of important steps towards Russia's full sovereignty and a powerful consolidation of our society" in the face of Western "aggression" and attempts to "cynically use Ukraine and its people as a means to weaken and divide Russia."
Russian President Vladimir Putin  - Sputnik India, 1920, 31.12.2023
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