Watch: Russian President Vladimir Putin Addresses the United Nations General Assembly

Russia's president will address the United Nations for the first time in over a decade.


For the first time in a decade, Russian President Vladimir Putin will address the United Nations General Assembly. All eyes will be on Putin and how he responds to comments made earlier today by U.S. President Barack Obama ahead of their bilateral meeting on Monday. In his speech, Obama justified U.S.-led sanctions against Russia for its annexation of Crimea and Moscow’s involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Obama touted the U.S. role in upholding international norms in his speech and challenged Russia’s actions. “Imagine if instead Russia had engaged in true diplomacy and worked with Ukraine and the international community to ensure its interests were protected,” Obama said during his address at the United Nations.

Putin’s anticipated speech comes on the heels of a military buildup in Syria by Moscow to bolster the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and the Russian president is expected to lay out the Kremlin’s vision for the future of Syria and for how to deal with the stalemate in Ukraine between government and Russian-backed separatist forces. On both Syria and Ukraine, Putin and Obama maintain opposite views, but the Russian leader’s speech will lay the groundwork for the Kremlin’s vision for the international order.

Watch Putin’s complete speech here.

The U.N. live stream can be found here.

Photo credit: MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP/Getty Images

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