Putin vows a ‘quick and tough’ Russian response for its foes

April 21, 2021 – AP – Fox News

The warning during Putin’s annual state-of-the-nation address came amid a massive Russian military buildup near Ukraine.

Putin on Wednesday sternly warned the West against encroaching further on Russia’s security interests, saying Moscow’s response will be “quick and tough” and make the culprits bitterly sorry for their action.

The warning during Putin’s annual state-of-the-nation address came amid a massive Russian military buildup near Ukraine, where cease-fire violations in the seven-year conflict between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces have escalated in recent weeks. The United States and its allies have urged the Kremlin to pull the troops back.

“I hope that no one dares to cross the red line in respect to Russia, and we will determine where it is in each specific case,” Putin said. “Those who organize any provocations threatening our core security interests will regret their deeds more than they regretted anything for a long time.”

Moscow has rejected Ukrainian and Western concerns about the troop buildup, saying it doesn’t threaten anyone and that Russia is free to deploy its forces on its territory. But the Kremlin also has warned Ukraine against trying to use force to retake control of the rebel-held east, saying Russia could be forced to intervene to protect civilians in the region.

“We really don’t want to burn the bridges,” Putin said. “But if some mistake our good intentions for indifference or weakness and intend to burn or even blow up those bridges themselves, Russia’s response will be asymmetrical, quick and tough.”

As Putin spoke, a wave of protests started rolling across Russia in support of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny, and a human rights group said nearly 1,500 people were arrested. Thousands marched in central Moscow, where police blocked off a square next to the Kremlin. Police in St. Petersburg blocked off Palace Square, outside the Hermitage museum, and protesters instead massed along Nevsky Prospekt.

The politician, who is Putin’s most persistent critic and was poisoned with a chemical nerve agent last year, started a hunger strike three weeks ago to protest what he said was inadequate medical treatment and officials’ refusal to allow his doctor to visit him. His supporters called the rallies as his health reportedly is in severe decline.

In his speech, Putin pointed to Russia’s moves to modernize its nuclear arsenal and said the military would continue to build more state-of-the-art hypersonic missiles and other new weapons. He added that the development of the nuclear-armed Poseidon underwater drone and the Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile is continuing successfully.

In an apparent reference to the U.S. and its allies, the Russian leader denounced those who impose “unlawful, politically motivated economic sanctions and crude attempts to enforce its will on others.” He said Russia has shown restraint and often refrained from responding to “openly boorish” actions by others.

The Biden administration last week imposed new sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2020 U.S. presidential election and for involvement in the SolarWind hack of federal agencies — activities Moscow has denied. The U.S. ordered 10 Russian diplomats expelled, targeted dozens of companies and individuals, and imposed new curbs on Russia’s ability to borrow money.

Russia retaliated by ordering 10 U.S. diplomats to leave, blacklisting eight current and former U.S. officials, and tightening requirements for U.S. Embassy operations.

“Russia has its own interests, which we will defend in line with the international law,” Putin said during Wednesday’s address. “If somebody refuses to understand this obvious thing, is reluctant to conduct a dialogue and chooses a selfish and arrogant tone, Russia will always find a way to defend its position.”

In an emotional outburst, Putin chastised the West for acquiring a defiant stance toward Russia.

“Some countries have developed a nasty habit of bullying Russia for any reason or without any reason at all. It has become a new sport,” he said.

In an apparent reference to the U.S. allies, he compared them to Tabaqui, a cowardly golden jackal kowtowing to Shere Khan, the tiger in Rudyard Kipling’s “Jungle Book.” “They howl to please their lord,” he said.

Russia this week engaged in a tense tug-of-war with the Czech Republic, following Prague’s move to expel 18 Russian diplomats over a massive Czech ammunition depot explosion in 2014. Moscow has dismissed the Czech accusations of its involvement in the blast as absurd and retaliated by expelling 20 Czech diplomats.

Putin also harshly criticized the West for failing to condemn what he described as a botched coup attempt and a failed plot to assassinate Belarus’ President Alexander Lukashenko, allegedly involving a blockade of the country’s capital, power cuts and cyberattacks. Belarusian and Russian security agencies arrested the alleged coup plotters in Moscow earlier this month.

“The practice of organizing coups and planning political assassinations of top officials goes over the top and crosses all boundaries,” Putin said, drawing parallels to plots against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the popular protests that led to the ouster of Ukraine’s former Russia-friendly president, Viktor Yanukovych, in 2014.

Russia responded to Yanukovych’s ouster by annexing Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and throwing its support to the separatists in the country’s east. Since then, fighting there has killed more than 14,000 people and devastated the industrial heartland.

Putin dedicated most of his annual address to domestic issues, hailing the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. He said the quick development of three coronavirus vaccines underlined Russia’s technological and industrial potential. He called for a quicker pace of immunizations, voicing hope the country could achieve collective immunity this fall.

He put forward incentives to help the economy recover from the pandemic and promised new social payments focusing on families with children.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/putin-vows-a-quick-and-tough-russian-response-for-its-foes

18 comments

  • Here we have the short shirtless leader of a police state blaming everyone but himself for the relations with Russia. Shorty the Shirtless is the one that invaded Ukraine, and Georgia we shouldn’t forget. Shorty the Shirtless is responsible for hundreds of thousands of dead in Syria, Lebanon and Somalia. And for occupying and enslaving citizens in the C.A.R., Crimea and Moldova. It is Shorty the Shirtless that sends out his KGB criminals to poison, kidnap, torture, rape and murder at home and abroad. Yet listening to poor little misunderstood Shorty the Shirtless you would think he is just the perfect angel. Yeah, right. The people that know him the best are his neighbors, just like your neighbors at home. Ask them what they think about the tiny dictator and you will puke a lot.

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    • At the bottom of your post is a link to a very sober and (unfortunately) dispassionate analysis of the current crisis that has been entirely manufactured by the kremlin on the absurd lie that Ukraine was planning military action in Donbas. In case you missed it, here it is :

      https://defenceindepth.co/2021/04/14/will-russia-invade-ukraine-again/

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      • I think I saw that before, it is disgusting and the journo didn’t even question it. It seems to me all info from the Kremlin should have a reputational disclaimer.

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        • You might be confusing it with a filthy kremprop piece. It isn’t. It makes some great points. At the end it attempts to explain, but not justify putler’s policy. Overall it is a very well informed piece. My only criticism is the overly dispassionate approach of the writer, who doesn’t seem to have any feeling for the misery being inflicted upon Ukraine by a fascist power.

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          • They seem overly fair to the invaders, I read a few while I was there, thanks Sir Scradge. I fear these writers all try to look at what tyrants do with logic and then end up surprised.
            Putin is in a tough place, thank God, he was hasty when he occupied Crimea and forgot about the water and then Trump got elected. Now is his chance to finish the evil job. And we always need to be prepared for a distraction too. Like an alley punk.

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            • Now that piece I drew your attention to yesterday, from the Young Communist League, was a spectacularly evil piece of propaganda. Worse in my opinion than even the nazi sludge put out by RaT and sputnik.
              Who knows what terrible damage these articles do to Ukraine? Communist agitprop shit is widely read in British universities and the lecturers have been communist sympathisers since the 1950’s. In America, it’s hard to find a college professor who isn’t a commie and/or putler sympathiser. That bastard Noam Chomsky just won’t drop dead and is still pumping out putinoid shit for impressionable kids.
              And there you have putler’s pincer movement: young communists on the one hand and hard core trumputinoids on the other.

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              • It’s true though. Putinitis didn’t advance the last 4 years. You can say what you want about Trump loving Putin…if he really did, would Putin go ahead and advance? No, Putin did not advance during the Trump years. But corrupt Joe is in office 3 months and Putin is ready for his land bridge…

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                • Trumpkov did terrible damage with his constant admiration of putler. At Helsinki he stated openly that he preferred the word of the rat over the information provided by the Feds and the CIA.
                  Unfortunately that damage can be seen in the comments pages of the DM; the biggest English language news site in the world. I know I shouldn’t read them, but sometimes I do. Worse than the obvious Russian trolls are the trump fans who love putler even more than trump, because they see him as an ‘anti-globalist’ hero. The spitting hatred they have for Ukraine is terrible and shocking. They are literally egging on the little rat to start a bloodbath.

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                  • You’re just wrong Sir Scradge, that Trump supporters love Putin. And its an insult to anyone with logic and intelligence. I have yet to find ONE Trump supporter that hates Ukraine. But you may continue with your one-sided diatribe.

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                    • From the British perspective I’m with him 100%. He ‘gets’ Brexit, he’s half Scottish, he has great affection for the Queen, he hates Khan; the izlamoMarxist mayor of London etc etc.
                      From the Ukrainian standpoint he is an absolute nightmare: constantly praising the rat nazi, accepting his word over the Feds and the CIA, employing putinoid scum Manafort, Stone and Flynn and then pardoning the fuckers, sneering horribly at Ukraine in front of Volker and many others and claiming that Ukraine, not Russia, interfered in 2016.
                      I have already given you the names of the top Trumpoids in US right wing media that love putler, so you must know them by heart by now.
                      As for the DM, it has ran a torrent of kremkrapper articles and each one is crawling with Americans who love Trump but love putler more. There are British kremtrolls too and they tend to be kippers, but the overwhelming majority are trump fanatics who are praying for putler to murder yet more Ukrainian children. I can give you loads of links if you want to see them. Warning : they will make you physically sick.

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                    • I know there are RTrolls out there masquerading as normal people but I also know America quite well. You might remember most of the Senate votes on Ukraine were unanimous or just missing Sanders and Paul which is no surprise.

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                    • The GOP as far as I know, has two confirmed Russian agents : the Pauls and one confirmed Russian agent of influence: Trump. The Dems have one Russian agent : Gabbard, who is also loved by fans of the Pauls and Trump.
                      We know these things because of what they repeatedly say.
                      Because you like Trump’s policies on the chicoms, krauts, frogs, muzloid terror, the economy, border security, immigration etc, as I do, you are prepared to turn a blind eye to his Ukraine-hating and putler groveling, which I don’t.
                      Some Dem presidents, like Obama, have grovelled to Marxist scum like the Castros, but as far as I know, no US president in history has ever grovelled to an evil fascist dictator, as Trump has. Even during the latest crisis, the prick has not stopped grovelling: only days ago boasting of his friendship with putler and claiming how ‘getting along with Russia is a good thing’.
                      I will never fall out with you on this matter, but sometimes it’s up to our friends to point out when we are making obvious serious errors of judgement.
                      Charismatic politicians like Trump in the US and Farage in the UK, command tremendous loyalty. Their fans hang on to their every word. Because of Farage’s repeated praise of the rodent, there is an army of filthy trolls in the comments section of the DM. Ditto for Trump, except his army of putler jackboot lickers is ‘Yuge.’
                      For a Republican who would make a great president, read the Rubio Doctrine and tell me if there is even one word wrong in this 2015 statement?

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                    • If Trump “hated” Ukraine, why would he do more to help them than any other president since Reagan?
                      If Trump “groveled” to Putin, why did he sanction him, close consulates, arm Ukraine, etc.?
                      Yes he made some stupid and ignorant statements but those are statements, Scradge, not policy. Certainly you can see the difference.
                      I’m not trying to get you to change your mind but I am trying to get you to be fair, logical and reasonable. Trust me, if Trump really hated Ukraine he would not have helped them. And please don’t be disingenuous and say Congress did all that because it all still needs Trump’s signature. Also, as you might remember he vetoed the Defense authorization bill, and it wasn’t because he hates the military.

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  • The voice of pure evil.

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  • onlyfactsplease

    Here is a guy not worth being called a man, grown too short in stature and too short in political competence. A short and dishonest and devious little runt without honor, whose world is sitting on a shaky pile of deception and fraud. His crying and lamenting and sniveling about others being at fault for the woes of the land is too obvious a sham, easily distinguishable to anyone with enough acuity to tie their own shoes. To the attentive mind, the pain of reality is evident in every sentence that this goon speaks, the pain of reality that mafia land is, in reality, no superpower at all and that everything around him is slowly crumbling to dust and that he and his army of cronies carry the responsibility for this slow-motion disaster. And the pain of reality that the history books will not … cannot … ever … write a favorable verdict about his person and his deeds. In time immemorial, he will be on the same level as other evil cretins of history … Hitler, Stalin and Mao.

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  • The reason this fuck has such a big dirty mouth is the failure of Washington and Nato to protect Ukraine and grow a spine. Not Putin is the problem, the problem are the dickless losers who reside in Washington since 2008.

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    • Its like they feel sorry for him because he’s tiny and insane. You know, that guy in the gas station that pulls his hair and talks to himself? You kind of just leave him alone? Then he pulls a sawed off shotgun out of his jacket and shoots the chip aisle…;)

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