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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin to Give State of Nation Address Friday

President Vladimir Putin will deliver his annual state of the nation address to parliament on Friday, the presidential press service said.

The announcement was made as Putin held his regular Saturday Kremlin meeting with his administration leadership and key government ministers to discuss domestic and foreign policy.

Putin's speech will be delivered to members of both houses of parliament in the Kremlin's Marble Hall, the press service said.

State Duma Speaker Gennady Seleznyov said the speech would most likely force the chamber to postpone ratification of a key arms control treaty with the United States.

The Duma was expected to take up ratification Friday, but Seleznyov said deputies would likely spend the day discussing Putin's address and would deal with the treaty at the following session on May 21, Interfax reported.

The Moscow Treaty, signed by Putin and U.S. President George W. Bush about a year ago, calls on both nations to cut their strategic nuclear arsenals by about two-thirds by 2012. The U.S. Senate approved the treaty in March.

Russian officials have said they want the treaty to be ratified before Putin meets Bush at an informal summit in St. Petersburg on June 1.