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Putin holds first ‘direct line’ session since Ukraine’s invasion


Moscow, 15 December 2023 (TDI): Russia’s President Vladimir Putin held the annual ‘Direct Line’ call-in session for Russian citizens and journalists on Thursday. This session was paired with an annual press conference, marking the first end-of-year press conference since Ukraine’s invasion began.

Putin talked over a wide array of matters ranging from the Palestine question to the deepened China-Russia ties and the conditional establishment of Moscow relations with Washington.

The Russian leader while mentioning any prospect of a revival of Russia-US relations said that this can only be possible when the United States will start respecting other people and states.

The US needs to mend its approach by seeking compromising behavior and ceasing practices to resolve their conflicts through the imposition of sanctions and employing military actions, he added.

Putin highlighted the strengthened cooperation between Russia and China by saying that they both do not form blocs. Their friendship is aimed at benefiting one’s own country and is not directed to target any other nation.

He pointed out that the West is attempting to befriend a particular state and Russia is keeping a close eye on it. It will give a collaborative, instant as well as effective response.

President called Russia and China among the world’s most important guarantors of stability. He stated that the Western initiatives to refocus NATO’s actions on Asia, extend beyond the alliance’s official objectives.

Putin reiterated that Russia and its allies build integration initiatives entirely based on free choice and mutually beneficial outcomes for every party involved. This generates conditions that boost the country’s worldwide market competitiveness.

Addressing the plight of Palestinians Russia’s President urged the implementation of the United Nations decisions in establishing a Palestine state with its capital in East Jerusalem. He termed it critically significant to provide the groundwork for an Israeli-Palestinian solution.

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This kind of sitting took place this year ahead of the commencement of Putin’s election campaign, as he has declared his plan to run for president again in March 2024.

Russian President Vladimir Putin established the tradition of conducting huge annual press conferences with the head of state in 2001. That same year, as part of the “Direct line” with the president, Russian residents had the chance to get answers to their questions from the country’s leader in a live broadcast.

Maha Afzal Chaudhary
Maha Afzal Chaudhary
Maha Afzal Chaudhary is an undergraduate student pursuing a BS in International Relations from the National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Pakistan. She has a keen interest in analyzing global dynamics while deconstructing the underlying facts and unraveling the intricacies of international politics. Her areas of focus encompass state security-related matters and preferential economic interests. Her concerned sphere also comprises foreign policy-making processes of states.

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