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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Vladimir Putin gives first English speech in three years

The Russian president's latest address has become an internet sensation.

Russian president Vladimir Putin is notorious for his tough, no-nonsense attitude - we've seen him posing with hunting rifles and riding a horse shirtless - but for the first time, we're witnessing a never-before-seen Putin, a man who is capable of being nervous.

The normally in control president addresses the camera in an uncomfortable address, delivered entirely in English, a rarity for the international leader, especially in public. Even interviews with English language channels in Russia are normally conducted in his native tongue.

But he made the effort in order to campaign for Russia’s fourth largest city, Yekaterinburg, the Expo 2020 host in an address to delegates for the International Exhibition Bureau, a coup which would see million s flocking to Russia.

“I am confident we shall welcome guest from over 150 nations of the world with pride and dignity," he said in his speech. "Now, once again, I would like to make this very clear: Russia guarantees to fulfill the complete range of requirements set by the International Expositions Bureau.”

Previously, his public speeches given in English in 2007 and 2010 respectively, both became internet sensations, as has his latest attempt.


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