On December 1, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual address to the Federal Assembly. The address has thus become Putin's 13th and the 23rd in Russia's recent history. In the opening of the speech, Putin noted that he would pay first priority attention to social issues, as well as issues of economy and domestic policy
On November 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that "Russian border ends nowhere." When awarding the prize of the Russian Geographical Society one of the nominations, Vladimir Putin conducted a mini-exam in geography for five-year-old erudite Timofei Tsoi and nine-year-old Miroslav Askirko
President Putin signed a decree on Russia's withdrawal from the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court after the latter called Russia's reunification with the Crimea an armed conflict. In 14 years of work, the ICC has produced a total of four sentences, having spent more than $1 billion on this work
Russian President Putin signed a decree to suspend the agreement with the US about the disposal of weapons-grade plutonium because of Washington's unfriendly actions. Russia is finally ready to revise previous agreements with the United States. Russia has realised that it is capable of developing further with the help of its own resources
The Kremlin commented on the report from the international investigative group about the crash of the Malaysian Boeing in the Donbas. According to official spokesman to Russian President Putin, the conclusions that the investigators made in the most recent report were not final and shall not be considered as the final truth about the tragedy
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made a number of important statements during his meeting with students of the Moscow State Institute of Foreign Relations. Sergei Lavrov said that Russia was working on an updated version of the concept of foreign policies of the state, although he did not specify any details
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev admitted that Russia could indeed break diplomatic relations with Ukraine. Speaking to reporters after the meeting of the heads of the Eurasian Economic Council, Medvedev said that Russia had terminated diplomatic ties with Georgia after the five-day war in 2008, when Georgia attacked South Ossetia
Russian President Vladimir Putin maintains personal contacts with many political leaders of the world, but his first priority is Russia's interests and their defense. Putin remains friends with former leaders of other countries, but his friendship with them started at the time when those foreign leaders were in power
The individuals, whose names appear in the WADA report as direct executors, will be suspended from their posts pending investigation, said President Vladimir Putin. According to the Russian president, the uneasy atmosphere that has developed around international sports and the Olympic movement brings up the situation from the early 1980s
Russia is developing a hypersonic strategic bomber capable of striking nuclear blows from space. The aircraft will be able to reach any part of the world in 1 or 2 hours. The engine will be able to operate both in the atmosphere of the planet and in near-Earth space, where there is no air. It will be one platform for both aircraft and rocket...
Six Russian long-range Tu-22M3 bombers attacked positions of the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria. A large field camp and three armories of the militants were destroyed. The airstrike was conducted on the targets that had been previously identified and confirmed through several intelligence channels.
Russia plans to conduct flight tests of the new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile Sarmat. The state-of-the-art ICBM is expected to come into service in 2018. Sarmat missiles will replace most powerful ballistic complexes RS-20V Voevoda. The new ICBM should be able to reach and strike targets via both the North and the South Pole
Russia and Turkey have agreed to take necessary measures to improve relations between the two countries. On June 27, President Putin received a message from his Turkish counterpart, in which Erdogan apologized for killing the pilot of the downed Su-24 Russian bomber. Erdogan also expressed his willingness to restore friendly relations with Russia