Putin calls for better ties with US..dismisses election-meddling claim

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https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2016/12/01/vladimir-putin-gives-soviet-style-state-union-and-russians-yawned/XpM6Pg68LCPoiSNzlkrUfI/story.html

President Vladimir Putin of Russia called for better ties with the United States in his annual address Thursday, while brushing away allegations of meddling in the US presidential campaign and Washington’s concerns about Kremlin interference in other countries.

But the moment that went viral on Russian websites was an image of the national broadcast that appeared to show his prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, eyes turned down, appearing to doze off. Whether the premier was napping or just checking his notes, the image was seen by many as an appropriate metaphor for the 70-minute televised speech.

In a businesslike tone that recalled a Soviet Communist Party Central Committee meeting, Putin ticked off various economic issues and raised his emotional level — and his own voice — only when he brought up the Olympics doping scandal and ‘‘external pressure’’ on Russia.

‘‘They’ve used everything against us,’’ Putin said. ‘‘Myths about Russian aggression, about propaganda, interference in other countries’ elections, besmirching our athletes, including paralympic athletes.’’

‘‘Unlike other foreign colleagues, who see Russia as an enemy, we are not looking for and never looked for enemies,’’ Putin added.

He repeated his desire to improve the relationship with Washington — another clear signal of Moscow’s hopes to build ties with President-elect Donald Trump — amid Western outcry over Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, its proxy war in eastern Ukraine, and its air campaign in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

‘‘We are ready for cooperation with the new administration,’’ Putin said. ‘‘I am counting on joint efforts with the United States in the fight against real, not imagined, threats of international terrorism.’’

Putin has on several occasions spoken of the need to mend US-Russian ties since the election of Trump. Trump has spoken about the need to cooperate with Russia.

For most of the address in the opulent St. George’s Hall of the Kremlin, Putin listed economic data and plans to improve Russia’s infrastructure. Government officials and members of the parliament applauded mildly here and there.

‘‘The only emotional parts of the speech concerned international politics; everything else was dreary, full of banalities,’’ said Stanislav Belkovsky, a liberal Russian political analyst, on the independent television station TV Rain.

Later, he added: ‘‘It’s clear that Putin’s address to the Federal Assembly is nothing more than a ritual at this point; he doesn’t treat the content of his speech seriously.’’

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‘‘They’ve used everything against us,’’ Putin said. ‘‘Myths about Russian aggression, about propaganda, interference in other countries’ elections, besmirching our athletes, including paralympic athletes.’’‘‘Unlike other foreign colleagues, who see Russia as an enemy, we are not looking for and never looked for enemies,’’ Putin added.”

they did indeed..

“The only emotional parts of the speech concerned international politics; everything else was dreary, full of banalities,’’ said Stanislav Belkovsky, a liberal Russian political analyst, on the independent television station TV Rain.”

oh no..not “banalities”!!

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~ by seeker401 on December 5, 2016.

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