Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the Prolonged Boards of Inside Ministry on February 26, 2020 in Moscow, Russia.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin warned in opposition to frightening his nation in his annual State of the Union speech Wednesday, promising a swift retaliation in opposition to anybody who crossed Russian’s “crimson strains.”
Moscow will reply “harshly,” “rapidly” and “asymmetrically” to overseas provocations, Putin advised an viewers of Russia’s prime officers and lawmakers, including that he “hoped” no overseas actor would cross Russia’s “crimson strains,” in response to a Reuters translation.
Putin additionally touted the nation’s deliberate funding in expanded navy training, hypersonic weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles. However Russia desires peace and arms management agreements, he burdened concurrently.
The 68-year-old chief additionally condemned what he described because the fixed tendency of worldwide actors guilty Russia for wrongdoing, saying it had turn into like a sport.
The feedback got here within the last half hour of the 90-minute speech, which was predominantly centered on Russia’s combat in opposition to the coronavirus pandemic and home financial and social points.
The speech got here in opposition to the backdrop of deteriorating tensions with the U.S. and EU, and follows the current imposition of sanctions on Russia from the Joe Biden administration over alleged cyberattacks, human rights violations and exercise in Ukraine.