We aren’t fighting the Ukrainian people.Russian President Vladimir Putin in his annual state-of-the-nation address. In the speech, he denied any wrongdoing in Ukraine and accused the West of targeting Russia.
Why It Matters: The one hour and 45 minute speech – given just days before the one-year mark of the war in Ukraine – outlined Pres. Putin’s thoughts and agenda. One of the most significant things to come out of the speech was the announcement that Moscow plans to suspend participation in a nuclear pact made with the U.S. in 2010. The pact “caps the number of strategic nuclear warheads that the countries can deploy” (Reuters). Following the announcement, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, “We’ll be watching carefully to see what Russia actually does.”
- Timing: Pres. Putin’s speech in Moscow took place hours before Pres. Biden is set to give a speech in Poland.
- For More: To read some of Pres. Putin’s quotes from his speech, check out this Reuters article.
Putin ups tensions over Ukraine, suspending START nuke pact (The Associated Press)
by Jenna Lee,