President Putin’s speech to the Olympic Committee in Guatemala is widely credited as being one of the key factors that tipped the Winter Olympic vote in Sochi’s favour.
And now, you can see the speech in its entirety (plus some dodgy introductory music), courtesy of Russia Today:
I have to say, I was very impressed by the way in which Putin delivered his speech in English.
Although Putin is known for his excellent language skills, as far as I know, he’s never given a speech in English before on the world stage. On the evidence of this speech, he should use English more when speaking to the press. It would do the power of good to Russia’s international image.