By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, Breaking Israel News

At the 14th Plenary Session of the elite Valdai Discussion Club, Russian President Vladimir Putin surprised the academics and politician gathered at the prestigious conference when he responded to a question about the role of technology in modern conflicts by citing the Torah.

The Valdai Discussion Club brings together scholars and politicians from around the world for its annual conference. President Putin has attended every year since it was founded in 2004. On Thursday, President Putin addressed the conference and stated that science and technology are crucial factors in social change. He was challenged on this point by Fyodor Lukyanov, Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, who stated that “the fundamentals – territory, demography – are still eternal”.

Putin responded by citing the “Torah” as a source.

“The things you mentioned do remain eternal, fundamental values,” President Putin answered. “It is no accident that the Torah calls giving up territory a great sin. Both territory and the wealth of the land, people – those all remain the most crucial factors.”

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