Putin: Russia Has No Hegemonic Aspirations
Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the Federal Assembly in his annual “state-of-the-nation” speech at the Kremlin.
President Putin was critical of the parliament and the regional councils for failing to achieve many of the planned reforms.
“The reforms that have already been put in place a year and a half ago were either done in a way that provoked negative reactions or nothing was done”, he said, quoted by Euronews.
The Russian leader also expressed concerns about rising inter-ethnic tensions in the past year, saying that this is one of the most important issues that have to be discussed. He believes economic problems and corruption are at the core of these violent separatist attacks.
In a rare statement about the role of civil society, Putin stated that “all the bills, key state decisions and strategic plans should pass the so-called ‘zero reading’ in which nongovernmental organizations and other institutes of civic society will take place”.
The Russian president did not miss out on the situation in Ukraine as well.
“We are not insisting on anything, but if our friends wish to work jointly, we are ready to continue the work on the level of experts. We shall continue to promote the Eurasian process, without opposing it to other integration projects, including, of course, the European one”, he added.
Putin expressed his wish for a quick and peaceful resolution of the political crisis in Ukraine.
He also stressed that Russia does not aspire to be a superpower or a global and regional hegemon.
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