• Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia is united, as it faces challenges to its sovereignty posed by the "colonial West."
  • "We shall overcome everything together," Putin said as he introduced his address, praising Russian citizens, businesses and troops in Ukraine for their efforts in defending "the Motherland."
  • He led a minute's silence to honor Russia's armed forces, praising the "colossal" battlefield experience they had gained in the two years of fighting in Ukraine.
In this pool photograph distributed by Russian state agency Sputnik, Russia's President Vladimir Putin addresses the audience during the Future Technologies Forum at the World Trade Center in Moscow on February 14, 2024.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned NATO countries of the danger of a nuclear conflict with Moscow, if NATO troops were deployed on the ground in Ukraine.

"[The West] must realize that we also have weapons that can hit targets on their territory. All this really threatens a conflict with the use of nuclear weapons and the destruction of civilization. Don't they get that?" Putin said in his annual state-of-the-nation address Thursday, according to an EBU feed.