Russia will react harshly if the West overtakes

President Vladimir Putin warned that the West should not cross Russia’s “red line”, and affirmed that Moscow would respond quickly and harshly to any provocative actions.

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: AFP

This is one of the noteworthy contents mentioned by President Putin in his address on April 21 before the Federal Congress.

According to Reuters, the federal message highlights Russia’s strength, despite external threats. It comes at a time of severe crisis in relations between Russia and the United States and Europe, along with the Russian military gathering near Ukraine and opposition figure Alexei Navalny on a hunger strike in prison.

“We want to have a good relationship … and really don’t want to block our way back,” Putin told the Russian federal parliament.

“But if someone misinterprets our good intentions as indifference or weakness and intends to ‘burn’ or even ‘blow up’ these bridges (relationships – Editor), they need to know that Russia’s response will swiftly, harshly, and disproportionate, “Putin warned.

Putin said Russia will define its “red line” in each specific case. At the same time, the Russian President expressed his hope that no “foreign figure” would cross Russia’s “red line”.

The Russian President also plans to invest in extensive military training, hypersonic weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles; at the same time stressed that Russia wants peace and arms control agreements.

The 68-year-old Russian leader condemns what he sees as a tendency for “international figures” to constantly blame Russia for its misconduct.

In his 90-minute speech, Putin emphasized Russia’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic as well as domestic economic and social problems. The Russian President urged all citizens to be vaccinated against Covid-19 and expected Russia to achieve public immunity in the fall.

On the eve of an online climate summit hosted by US President Joe Biden, Putin called for tougher rules for “pollutants to be paid”, while asserting Russia aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions below levels set by the European Union over the next 30 years.

US-Russia tensions have recently increased with Washington accusing Moscow of meddling in the 2020 US presidential election and cyber attacks on computer systems of US governments and businesses. In the escalating sanctions move, the US Treasury announced, starting from June 14, US banks will generally be banned from buying bonds by the Central Bank, the Ministry of Finance and investment funds. Russian country of release.