Putin Appeals for Russian Unity in Parliament He Controls

October 5, 2016 10:33 AM

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Putin Appeals for Russian Unity in Parliament He Controls

Russia is strong when it is united, President Vladimir Putin told lawmakers amid the country’s longest recession of his 17-year rule and a worsening standoff with the U.S. over the war in Syria.

Russia has never imposed itself on anyone and its power lies in the unity of its people, Putin said in a speech lasting only 12 minutes at the opening Wednesday of the newly elected State Duma, in which his United Russia party holds a record 343 of 450 seats. “Of course we need to strengthen the sec...

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