Sat. Jul 20th, 2024

Moscow witnessed in the Kremlin on Tuesday the inauguration ceremony of Vladimir Putin as president for the fifth time.

After being sworn in, President Putin said: “At this moment, I thank from my heart all citizens throughout Russia, as well as bow in honor of the defenders of Russia and those fighting in the framework of the Russian military operation on Ukraine.”

“At this stage when we are facing enormous challenges, we understand the importance and necessity of defending our national interests stronger, confident that we will overcome all challenges, defend our freedom, traditions and values, and unite all people and authority for these goals,” Putin said.

The Russian president stressed: “We will remain open to dealing with all countries that see Russia as a reliable partner, which is the global majority, we do not refuse to deal with Western countries, but the hostility they practice against us is what hinders this, dialogue on strategic security and stability is possible, but not from the logic of force, but from the rules of peer.”

Putin concluded his speech by saying: “We will achieve goals only through our unity, so our ancestors achieved their tremendous successes and achievements, we are a great people, and we will overcome all challenges, and achieve victory together.”

In the March election this year, the 71-year-old Putin won a record 87.28 percent of the vote.

The inauguration ceremony took place today according to the approved protocol, where the president went to the ceremony from his office to the Grand Kremlin Palace and passed through the red balcony of the palace to the cathedral square, where the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces reviews the passage of the presidential regiment, and the moment Putin arrives at the palace, he was received by a large audience of invitees.

The list of guests in the Kremlin included: the Government of Russia, the Federation Council, the State Duma, the presidential administration, governors of federal entities, representatives of major religions, heads of diplomatic missions and many public figures, as well as many journalists and others.

Vladimir Putin was born in Leningrad on October 7, 1952, and is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of Leningrad State University (now Petersburg) as well as the Academy of Foreign Intelligence, served in the state security services, worked in the Petersburg administration, moved to work in Moscow in 1996, and served twice (in the second half of 1999 and in the period 2008-2012) as Prime Minister of Russia.

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