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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