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> Vladimir Putin making his annual address to the nation on Thursday.>>
>> And behind all the pomp there were hints of a conciliatory tone, the Russian President saying he's ready for international dialogue. He even said Moscow wants to make friends.>> We don't want confrontation with anyone, not us, not our partners, nor the world community need it.
Unlike some of our foreign colleagues which view Russia as an opponent, we are not searching and have never searched for enemies, we need friends.>> But any overtures come with a caveat, an emphasis that Russia must be an equal partner.>> We we'll not allow anyone to infringe upon or ignore our interests.
>> Since President elect Donald trump's win, the Kremlin has courted it a fresh start. Here Putin set out a possible point of mutual interest.>> We hope to join efforts with the United States in the fight against a real, rather than dreamt up, threat, global terrorism.>> Though Moscow's definition of terrorism is part of the current impasse with the US, Russian jets in Syria targeting fighters and America deems strategic partners.
But in the past, Putin has used these set piece speeches to lash out at the West. This time his main focus appeared to be Russians facing economic uncertainty, promising times will get better. In 2018, Russia will hold its next presidential election. It's widely thought this man will put his name forward.