Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his annual State of the Nation speech, warned the West against provoking his country, promising a swift retaliation against anyone who crossed "red lines." It was reported by Reuters.
According to Putin, Moscow will respond "harshly," "quickly" and "asymmetrically" to foreign provocations.
"We really don't want to burn any bridges, but if someone takes our good intentions for indifference or weakness, and if they intend to burn or destroy those bridges themselves, they should know that Russia's response would be asymmetrical, quick and harsh," he said.
Russia would determine where its red line lay in each specific case, he added.
Putin also touted the country's planned investment in expanded military education, hypersonic weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles. But he also stressed that Russia wants peace and arms control agreements.
As we reported earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky offered his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to meet in any location of Donbas where there's war going on. He said so in his video address.
"Mr. Putin! I'm ready to go even further and offer you to meet in any location of Ukrainian Donbas, where there's war going on," he said.
President of Ukraine added that during the session on April 19, the Normandy Four counselors discussed an opportunity to meet on the contact line in Donbas.