Russian politicians sum up Putin's address
Russian politicians and officials positively assessed the Russian President's address to the Federal Assembly, noting such aspects as attention to education, medicine, human rights, strengthening the role of the regions and economic development.
The Speaker of Russia’s Federation Council, Valentina Matviyenko, noted that "the president spoke of such eternal themes like education and health, but with a new formulation of the problems. Specific targets were outlined not only for the ministries and departments, but also for the lawmakers," she said.
According to her, the fact that this year the president has concentrated on domestic issues and problems of Russia is really important. "I think it is very important that most of the message was focused on the internal agenda, the President laid emphasis on economic development, set priorities to improve the competitiveness of our economy and the growth rate," Valentina Matvienko said.
The chairman of the Federation Council’s Foreign Affairs committee, Konstantin Kosachev, speaking to Vestnik Kavkaza, named the idea that life in Russia is dependent primarily on "how we organize it ourselves" as the central thesis.
"I think it is absolutely right that the President focused on the domestic political and economic agenda - it is main to all of us who live in Russia," he said.
"In terms of foreign policy I think that the point that we are ready to build a relationship with the rest of the world was the main and very important. These equal partnership relations should be based on the principles of fairness, honesty and openness," Konstantin Kosachev stressed.
He also highlighted Vladimir Putin's thesis about Russia's unwillingness to look for enemies. "We are looking for partners, we are looking for friends. We are ready to work with any country, which is also ready for it. Due to the geographical, historical and political reasons, these are the EEU countries now, in a broader context these are the CIS, the SCO and the BRICS. But the US, the EU countries and Japan are not cut off from this agenda, if and when they will be ready to accept it," the chairman of the Federation Council’s Foreign Affairs committee concluded.