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On being re- sworn in as Russia’s president, Vladmir Putin issued a presidential decree titled “Russia for the People” to match President Donald Trump’s “America First” paradigm.
As the re-elected Russian president Putin envisions “developmental programs embracing healthcare, education, demographics, housing and urban development, international cooperation and exports, labor productivity, SMEs, roads and infrastructure, ecology, digital economy, science and culture”, according to a report.
His ambition is to make Russia into one of five largest economies in the world by 2024. Other aims, see him halving the number of poverty stricken Russians from 20 million to 10 million and raising Russia’s GDP growth higher than the global average.
Differing from US President Donald Trump’s extraordinary jump in military spending, Putin is to fund these goals by making serious cuts in defence expenditure with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute estimating a 20% drop in Russia’s defence budget over last year’s.
The mission to ensure a strategic balance was accomplished earlier when he showcased cutting-edge military technologies that left America trailing.
Having attained these military objectives, Putin will now focus on Russia’s resurgence on the world stage as a major economic power.
For this Putin has promised technological advance for Russia to be competitive with the rest of the advanced world.
But for this, he needs cooperation from the West that is to say, Europe. Germany appears happy to take the lead with Chancellor Angela Merkel planning to visit Moscow on May 18.
However, given America’s paranoia about Russia this could amount to less than any prolonged period of peace. For instance, the US chose to announce, on the very eve of Putin’s re-inauguration it would resurrect the Second Fleet of the US Navy “to protect America’s east coast from the Russian threat.”
With 82 percent of the Russian populace for him, Vladmir Putin is walking tall.