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MOSCOW, November 29. /TASS/. President Vladimir Putin is expected to make a state-of-the-nation address to the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Rossiya One television channel said on Sunday.
The channel will broadcast the address live.
Kremlin Administration chief of staff Sergei Ivanov told reporters earlier Putin would make the state-of-the-nation address in December after a thorough personal scrutiny of the draft and amendments to it.
"It’s up to the President to decide on how to place accents when he completes reading the blueprint of the address and introduces his corrections and amendments - and he most typically does it with his own hands in the most literal sense," Ivanov said.
Vladimir Putin said at the beginning of November he had begun to familiarize himself with the address. This is a mandatory annual address a president reads out to members of both houses of parliament to fill them in on his own views as regards the guidelines for the nation’s development.
"The address is a collective brainchild because it can’t be done at a high professional level without contributions from the government or the Central Bank of Russia," Putin said.
The previous state-of-the-nation address was presented to the Federal Assembly in the St George’s hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace on December 4, 2014. Putin started reading it out at 12:06 Moscow Standard Time and lasted more than an hour.
He began it with thanking the Russians for the support and solidarity at crucial moments of history when the future of the country was in the making.