Also watching Vladimir Putin is the address Keir Giles from the Chatham House foreign policy think tank.
I asked him for some thoughts, and here’s what he thinks of Putin’s speech so far.
He said calls to the West for the “strategic defeat of Russia” meant they wanted to turn a local conflict into a global one, and that meant Russia would “respond accordingly, because then we’re talking about existence.” to our country,” he said.
“It is a coded message intended to once again deter Western backers from providing Ukraine with the essential wartime support it needs to bring the war to an end.
“Putin is proud of the reduced level of unemployment in Russia.
He fails to mention that those unemployment numbers are at “historic lows” due to mobilization and emigration. said Giles.