MOSCOW Dec 1 The following are highlights from
Russian President Vladimir Putin's state of the nation address.
ON INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
"We don't want confrontation with anyone, we don't need it.
We are not seeking and have never sought enemies. We need
"We want to take charge of our own destiny."
ON COOPERATION WITH THE UNITED STATES
"We are ready for cooperation with the new U.S.
administration... on the basis of mutual benefit and equality.
We have a common responsibility for international security."
"Attempts to break the strategic parity are extremely
dangerous and can lead to a world catastrophe."
"We hope to join efforts with the United States in the fight
against a real rather than dreamt up threat - global terrorism."
"There is no doubt we need to stimulate lending to the real
sector. The key question is what means and methods we use to do
it. Obviously, only healthy banks with solid capital can develop
lending. Thanks to the consistent and determined work of the
central bank ... many weak players have left the market. All
this is a good basis for a quick recovery of the economy, for
the development of lending to the real sector."
"The fundamental conditions remain unchanged: every level of
the banking system must be healthy and sustainable."
ON THE ECONOMY
"The main reasons for the economic slowdown lie primarily in
our internal problems."
"We have delivered macro economic stability, preserved our
financial reserves. We expect that inflation will drop
considerably this year, it will be below 6 percent, possibly 5.8
percent. Next year, we can achieve a 4 percent inflation target,
which will create conditions for economic growth."
"In 2018, we need to think about refining the tax system's
mechanisms and apply (the changes) from Jan. 1, 2019."
(Reporting by Moscow Newsroom)