Leaders around the world have issued their new year messages with expectations for 2023
Chinese President Xi Jinping sent New Year greetings to all Chinese people with a message-laden speech on December 31, 2022. “The year 2023 is approaching. From Beijing, I send my best New Year wishes to all of you,” Xi said, according to Xinhua.
In a televised address, Xi said China had overcome unprecedented difficulties and challenges in the fight against COVID-19, and that the country’s anti-epidemic policy had been “optimized”. based on the situation.
“Currently, epidemic prevention and control is entering a new phase, but this is still a time of struggle and everyone is persevering and making efforts. Dawn is ahead. Let’s try harder. Consistency and unity means victory,” said Xi to the Chinese people.
In Russia, in the New Year’s message broadcast on national television, President Vladimir Putin declared his country would never give in to Western efforts to use Ukraine as a tool to undermine Russia.
In his nine-minute message and the longest New Year’s speech in his two decades in power, Putin accused the West of lying to Russia and of inciting Russia to launch a “special military operation”. separate” in Ukraine.
Mr Putin said that Russian forces were fighting in Ukraine to defend its “motherland” and to ensure “real independence” for its people.
This year, the backdrop of the Russian leader’s speech was not at the Kremlin as usual, but behind the Russian servicemen participating in the special military operation in Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the congratulations were recorded at the headquarters of Russia’s Southern Military District.
While, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak promises “the best of England” will be manifested in the coming months, and the coronation of King Charles III on May 6, 2023 will be an event that unites the nation.
However, he also warned the UK’s problems would not “go away” by 2023 after 12 difficult months for the country.
Mr. Sunak admitted 2022 was a difficult year. According to him, the conflict in Ukraine, which occurred as the world was just beginning to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, has had a profound economic impact globally, and the UK is no exception.
German people gather at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on the evening of December 31 to welcome the New Year’s Eve moment – Photo: REUTERS
In VirtuePrime Minister Olaf Scholz praised the country’s progress in getting rid of dependence on Russian gas. He urged people to continue saving energy in the new year and vowed to continue to support Ukraine.
Scholz’s televised New Year’s message focused on the effects of the war in Ukraine and his government’s efforts to lessen the war’s effects on people in Germany.
President Ukraine, Mr. Volodymyr Zelensky, posted on his Telegram channel the message as midnight was approaching in Kiev. He said: “The year 2022 has broken our hearts. We have cried all our tears. We are not sure what the new year 2023 will bring us.
I want to wish us all one thing: It is victory – the wish for all Ukrainians. Let 2023 be the year of comebacks. Everyone’s return. The soldiers will return to their families. Prisoners will return to their homeland.
The return of the land belongs to us. And temporarily occupied places will be liberated forever. Normal life will return. Happy moments without curfew will return… May the new year bring all this. We are ready to fight for it.”