By Theofrastos Andreopoulos
"Like hyenas surrounding a tiger," Russian President Vladimir Putin described the United States and other NATO countries as referring to the Ukraine crisis in their annual address to the Russian National Assembly.
He also said that "they are doing this for no reason and those who organize these challenges and threaten Russia will regret it in ways that no one has regretted before."
For the first time, Vladimir Putin is making such threats, as he is a very measured leader in his expressions and it means that now the Westerners have reached the "zero" point and he is preparing to react very strongly if the West "crosses the Rubicon".
Referring to the planned coup in Belarus against President Lukashenko, he said: "There was a plot to assassinate him and no one in the West has condemned or even noticed it. Russia is applying international law, and if anyone refuses to understand this, Russia will defend its position.
"Everyone is accustomed to illegal sanctions with political motives in order to impose their will on others."
Vladimir Putin has decided to use all Russian power if the West does not back down.
It is clear that President Putin is determined and for him the "cube(dice) has been thrown", it remains to be seen what will be the next move of the West.
Will they pursue the escalation at the risk of even a nuclear holocaust or will they decide to "freeze" the crisis ?
Russian President thanks those who worked hard during the pandemic " Protection of citizens remains a priority for Russia," according to the Russian President..
Emphasizing the importance of the health system, he stressed the need to integrate third generation technologies
"We will overcome all challenges," Putin said
"Of course, there was a lot of stress, but I personally believed that we would definitely overcome all the challenges. "Our citizens, society, the state acted responsibly and in solidarity, together we managed to take precautionary measures," he said.
Putin's reference to economics
As for the economy, Putin said the government intends to ensure price predictability through market regulation mechanisms...
"The government will do everything to ensure that the next generation has the best opportunities, " the Russian president promised.
The Russian government considers the increase of the state population to be a top priority
"Preserving the population is our top national priority. "This priority sets out all the provisions of the renewed constitution," Putin said in his annual address to parliament.
He added that the strategy is to achieve sustainable population growth and ensure that life expectancy in Russia rises to 78 years by 2030.
Need to adapt to new data in energy and climate
The Russian President stressed the need for a new approach to the issue of energy and stressed that Russia needs to adapt its economy to climate change.
Putin urges government to speed up adoption of law on fines for business owners for environmental disaster..
"We have to have a strong, reliable shield in the field of health and biosafety. We now understand what is happening.
"We have to ensure Russia's autonomy in the production of the full range of...substances for pharmaceuticals, including anti-infectives that are resistant to the current generation of antibiotics," Putin said.
Priority in supporting economy and work
Returning to the issue of the economy, he stressed that the government will support private investment to create new jobs.
He did not hesitate to say that his country was forced to take unprecedented measures to support the economy and save 5 million jobs.
Allowances for families with children
Children in Russia aged 8-16 in single-parent families will receive an allowance of 5,650 rubles each month from July.
The support measure will include families where the parents are divorced and one of them is receiving alimony.
Families with school-age children will also receive support of 10,000 rubles per child as a lump sum payment in mid-August.
A special allowance will be given to pregnant women with financial difficulties.
The Russian government is in charge of restoring the labor market and the real income of the citizens after the pandemic, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.
"The labor market and the real income of the people will certainly be restored and we will move on, but that has not happened so far," Putin said...
Russia's foreign policy
On foreign policy, he said Russia has its own policy based on interests
Putin also called for simplification of the acquisition of electronic visas with processing time to last up to 4 days
"Russia is a hospitable country, open to true friends. "Once the situation allows, Russia will allow tourists to come again."
"The West has not reacted in any way to the assassination attempt on Lukashenko. You can have any opinion about Lukashenko, but organized killings, it is too far. "
He stressed that Russia does not want to "throw bridges" but this policy should not be considered a weakness
"We will respond harshly and quickly to provocations"
On foreign policy, he said Russia was accustomed to baseless allegations.
He clarified that his country wants friendly relations with all countries but those who set up provocations against it will regret it.
This answer, in fact, will be quick, hard and asymmetric.
At the same time, he expressed the hope that no one will cross the red lines of Russia and that Russia is the one who clarifies what they are.