On President Vladimir Putin, yes RussiaThe West warned, Wednesday (21), that the country would respond quickly and harshly to any provocation, such as bypassing the Russian borders.
The answer, Putin said, would make other countries regret their actions.
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Putin made his remarks at a time when relations with the United States and Europe are under severe pressure due to Ukraine and the health of the imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
“We want good relations … we don’t really want to burn bridges,” Putin said in his annual speech on the state of the nation in both houses of parliament.
“But if someone confuses our good intentions with indifference or weakness and intends to burn these bridges or even blow them up, he should know that Russia’s response will be disproportionate, swift and dangerous.”
He said that Russia will determine the location of its borders in each case separately.
His comments were the highlight of a 78-minute speech dominated by Russia’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting economic hardship.
In recent weeks, confrontation has escalated between Russia and Western countries, who say Moscow is massing tens of thousands of soldiers near Ukraine.