Medvedev promises a 'friendly' Russia in New Year's message
President Dmitry Medvedev vowed Friday to create a "powerful, open and friendly" Russia in his regular New Year's Eve address to the nation.
"Together we will build a modern Russia -- powerful, open and friendly," Medvedev said in his message, which ran first in the country's Far East and then appeared on various Russian Internet sites.
The president's brief New Year's message is traditionally played on Russian television moments before the midnight hour.
Previous addresses have been watched for signs of the country's future direction or possible changes within the Kremlin itself.
But Medvedev avoided all sensitive political issues and made no mention of a 2012 presidential election that may potentially see the Kremlin return of his predecessor and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Medvedev instead vowed to build a nation "where there is respect for the elders, whether there remains the tradition of a multi-ethnic people, where (people) seek to achieve new goals".
"I am sure that it will be so," he said
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