Kremlin responds to rumors of impending Putin address | MENAFN.COM

Monday, 30 January 2023 04:51 GMT

Kremlin responds to rumors of impending Putin address


(MENAFN) Dmitry Peskov, a Kremlin spokesperson, has refuted Russian media reports that President Vladimir Putin will proclaim complete national mobilization in his next annual address. According to RIA Novosti, the official stated on Friday that the charges are without merit.

The speculation is centered on the president's imminent report to the Federal Assembly, which includes both chambers of Russia's parliament. Many political commentators compare the yearly event to the President of the United States' State of the Union speech. The Russian president has the authority to choose the date of the event, although Putin's office has yet to declare one for this year.

Some media suggested that Putin is planning a "sensational" speech in which he would announce the "mobilization not just of military reservists, but of the whole population and national economy," as well as a "purge of government agencies from anybody standing in the way of mobilization." Tsargrad TV made the forecast earlier this month. After a news website published a summary of the piece this week, Peskov was asked about it.

In September, President Putin authorized a partial military mobilization, claiming that mobilizing reservists was required to aid the Ukrainian onslaught. He emphasized that Moscow is battling against the whole NATO group and that more people was required. He was alluding to the US and its allies' arming, training, and funding of Ukrainian soldiers.

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