Thu, 18 Jul 2019

13:48 Carl Schreck

Some stats from our colleagues over at

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

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

13:32 Robert Coalson

With that, the speech ends and all rise for the national anthem.

13:32 Robert Coalson

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 Robert Coalson

Praises 'antiterrorist' operation in Syria, where Russian tactics and weapons were tested successfully.

13:29 Carl Schreck

In other words, 'Washington.'

13:29 Robert Coalson

Says Russian government will guarantee the country's security.

13:28 Robert Coalson

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 Steve Gutterman

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

13:26 Robert Coalson

Discusses development and deployment of new submarines.

13:25 Robert Coalson

Says that this spring Russia will deploy its first submarine equipped with a nuclear-powered, nuclear capable undersea drone.

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