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Live Blog: Putin's State-Of-The-Nation Address As It Happened

President Vladimir Putin has delivered his annual address to parliament as polls show trust in the Russian leader is at near record lows.


Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his annual state of the nation address in Moscow on February 20.

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-- Russian President Vladimir Putin has delivered his annual address to parliament as polls show trust in the Russian leader is at near record lows. The speech lasted a little under 90 minutes.

The highlights were:

-- Putin said "our missiles will target the United States and not just countries where their missiles are stationed."

-- Putin calls for a raft of measures to lift up Russian families and promised Russians better living conditions “within this year.”

-- Putin said the country can now invest “colossal” resources in its development, using money “earned, not borrowed.”

16:24 20.2.2019

We are now closing our live blog on Putin's address. You can keep up with our continuing news coverage of the event and reaction to it here.

16:22 20.2.2019

Putin Warns U.S. Not To Discount Russia's Weapons Capabilities

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the United States not discount the power of his country's weapons. In his annual state-of-the-nation address on February 20, Putin said that he wanted friendly relations with Washington but any serious threats to Russia's security would be reciprocated. (Reuters)

Putin Warns U.S. Not To Discount Russia's Weapons Capabilities
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13:48 20.2.2019
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Some stats from our colleagues over at CurrentTime.tv:

--Putin's address lasted 1:27 minutes.

--Putin received applause at least 53 times during the speech.

13:32 20.2.2019
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With that, the speech ends and all rise for the national anthem.

13:32 20.2.2019
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Winding up. Says Russia will only achieve its goals by being united, by working together to implement "the conscious choice of the people." Calls for justice and equal opportunity. Calls for the "consolidation" of society, which is required for success. Says this success will definitely be achieved.

13:30 20.2.2019
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Praises "antiterrorist" operation in Syria, where Russian tactics and weapons were tested successfully.

13:29 20.2.2019
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In other words, "Washington."

13:29 20.2.2019
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Says Russian government will guarantee the country's security.

13:28 20.2.2019
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Says U.S. ignores Russia's "legitimate interests" and is constantly organizing "anti-Russian activities," including illegal economic sanctions. Says Russia is not a threat to the U.S. but wants a friendly, mutually respectful relationship. "We are not interested in confrontation and do not seek it," he said. Says U.S. is pursuing a destructive and mistaken policy.

13:28 20.2.2019
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Putin will have a little more time to focus on those domestic issues the day after his address: Netanyahu's Russia trip postponed

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