Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, delivers a speech at the United Russia party congress in Moscow, Dec. 17, 2023.
Moscow — Putin, the president of Russia, promised on Sunday in his first campaign speech before a vote in March to extend his long-term rule until at least 2030 to make him “sovereign and self-sufficient” in the face of the West.
In an election that will take place just over two years after he began the massive offensive against Ukraine, He will run for a fifth term in the Kremlin with little to no opposition.
When the 71-year-old took office in 2000, an entire generation in Russia could not recall a time before him.
With the vote, his rule is expected to be extended until at least 2030, and he may be able to remain in the Kremlin until 2036.
He stated at a United party congress that “we must remember and never forget and tell our children: Russia will be either a sovereign, self-sufficient state or it will not be there at all.“
He has stated that one of the main goals of his fifth term in the Kremlin will be to achieve “sovereignty,” a term that is not precisely defined.
He told the members of United Russia, “We will only make decisions ourselves without foreign advice from abroad.“
Using a widely used phrase, he stated, “Russia cannot — like some countries — give away its sovereignty for some sausage and become someone’s satellite.”
He received resounding support from the United party, as party leaders and prominent figures gave heartfelt speeches endorsing his candidacy.
The leader of the party is Dmitry Medvedev, who replaced Vladimiras president in 2008 before the latter went back to the Kremlin.
Over the course of the campaign in Ukraine, Medvedev has emerged as one of most assertive leaders.
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It has declared that it will not bow to economic pressure from the West.
He said that the West wished to “sow internal troubles” in Russia.
However, he said, “such tactics did not work.“
The longtime head of the Kremlin declared that faced “historic tasks” and that “we still have a lot to do for the interests of Russia.”
Leaders of United and pro-Kremlin individuals gave speeches endorsing Vladimir.
“Without a doubt, Putin should be in charge during the most difficult times for our nation,” Medvedev declared, branding the West as “dangerous and cynical enemies.”
Apti Alaudinov, the commander of special forces under Ramzan Kadyrov’s cruel rule in Chechnya, declared, “God gave us a leader.”
“We Russians, do not see ourselves without him,” he stated.
The vote will occur in the midst of massive crackdown on dissent.
Alexey Navalny, Vladimir principal political opponent, is incarcerated for 19 years.
His supporters raised the alarm last week, claiming they haven’t heard from him in ten days and that they think he has been transferred to a different facility.
According to his team, this was done to align with Putin’s campaign.