How the West reacted to Putin’s address to the Federal Assembly

At the April 21 press briefing, the White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki briefly mentioned Vladimir Putin’s speech in response to a reporter’s question regarding U.S. sanctions against Russia. Photo: YouTube.


There have been few comments from policymakers and government leaders in the West, with many instead choosing to address the situation surrounding opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s imprisonment and April 21 protests in his support.

Think Tanks

Carnegie Europe: Putin’s Undeclared Red Lines — For Now

Media Outlets

New York Times: Opinion | Putin’s Tough Talk

Russia watchers (via Twitter)

Sam Greene, director of the Russia Institute at King’s College London, in a thread, called Putin’s address “underwhelming but informative.” He concluded with what was missing: “What Putin did not do today — and what he has not done for some time — is offer Russians a vision of the future that looks like anything other than a continuation of the present.”



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