Foreign Press Review (28.11-04.12)

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Last week Vladimir Putin delivered the Annual Presidential Address to the Russia’s Federal Assembly. The foreign media noted that most of the speech was devoted to domestic issues instead of foreign affairs, with Mr Putin focusing on Russia’s economic development. The President pointed out the optimistic signs in the country’s economy, such as high growth in agriculture and high-tech and record-low inflation rates. Moreover, Vladimir Putin claimed that he had directed “the Government, together with the leading business associations, no later than May 2017, to develop a detailed plan of action through 2025, the implementation of which will make it possible to achieve economic growth rates higher than in the [rest of the] world as early as 2019−2020, and therefore strengthen Russia’s positions in the global economy”.