Key Themes to Watch for in Putin's Annual Address to Russians

  • Syria and terrorism fight may loom large in Putin's speech
  • Turkey clash may help ease tensions with U.S., analyst says

Russian President Vladimir Putin enters the St. George Hall at the Grand Kremlin Palace at the Kremlin in Moscow, on Dec. 12, 2013.

Photographer: Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP via Getty Images

When Vladimir Putin makes his annual speech to parliament on Thursday, observers inside and outside Russia will watch for any softening of presidential rhetoric against the U.S. and Europe as part of calls for a global fight against terrorism.

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