Putin threatens ‘asymmetric’ and ‘strong’ responses to US sanctions
President Vladimir Putin has promised a “asymmetric” and “strong” response to what he calls “Western experiments with Russia.”
The next few hours after the opposition leader was arrested Alexei Navalny Set to do what he hopes will be the biggest protests ever against his rule, Putin warned Wednesday Western nations not to cross the “red line” set by Moscow.
“We do not want to burn bridges. But if someone sees our good intentions as indifference or weakness. . . “Russia’s response will be brief, prompt and difficult,” Putin said in a statement.
“Anyone who comes up with a plan that would threaten our interests will regret it, as they have not complained for a while,” he added. “I hope no one would think of crossing the Red Line in association with Russia. We will explain where the red line is on our own, everywhere.”
In his opening remarks from the US introduced sanctions against Russia last week over the embezzlement of SolarWinds, which Moscow interfered in in the 2020 elections and the arrest of Navalny, Putin said “anti-Russian incidents do not stop” and promised to respond “rudely”.
“It’s been like a new game for them, which will speak louder against Russia,” Putin said. “They are attacking Russia for no reason.”
The remarks, which lasted more than an hour, were more disturbing than the country’s recent remarks when Putin used the occasion to announce a change in law or to show high-powered nuclear weapons for the first time against the US.
Putin did not mention Russia building a war on the Ukrainian border and only records the Navalny movement, which means it is one of the US methods of seizing Moscow’s institutions in countries from Belarus to Venezuela.
Although Navalny’s supporters had warned Russia it would “go into dense darkness” if the protests did not go well, the growth of the first protests in eastern Russia also indicated that exits from international rallies would be less than in January, when more than 100,000 people protested against the opposition leader.
About 1,000 people came to Vladivostok, a town on the Pacific coast, according to local journalists – a quarter of that number showed interest in subscribing to the Navalny website. Some of Navalny’s contacts left the country a few days before the protest, when police barred several people from across the country to prepare.
“Russia has its own agenda. The interests that we will protect and uphold in accordance with international law,” Putin said. “And if anyone refuses to understand this and does not want to discuss it, and they despise us, Russia will have a way to protect its ideology.”
He criticized the West for endorsing a plot to assassinate Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus’s most powerful president, which the Russian and Belarusian security forces reportedly blocked last weekend.
“It is unfortunate that everyone is so used to the illegal sanctions imposed by politics. . . trying to force others, ”he said. “This practice is now turning into a very dangerous thing. I mean what happened in an attempt to plot a plot against Belarus and assassinate the President of the country. Although this is not opposed by the so-called white countries.”
Looking at the parliamentary elections in September and dissatisfaction with the amount of money in Russia, Putin also outlined a number of plans to raise Rbs10,000 ($ 130) for all parents of students who will receive it in August.
He spoke of a change in corporate tax reform in Russia, citing potential benefits for regional corporations this year. The massive oil spill launched by the Norilsk Nickel mining team has sparked discussions on new products that could be used by companies with a natural crisis.