Putin: Anyone who crosses red lines will face harsh response

Russian president delivers warning to foreign rivals, accuses US of plotting coup, assassination in Belarus.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin
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Russian President Vladimir Putin warned his country's rivals they would face a "harsh response" if they crossed his red lines.

During a major speech on the international censure Russia is facing over its military buildup on the Ukrainian border and the imprisonment of Putin critic Alexei Navalny, the Russia President said: “I hope that no one will think of crossing the red line in relation to Russia. And where it will be — we will determine that ourselves,”

Putin also claimed that the US was behind an alleged assassination attempt against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenk in a "coup attempt."

Turning to domestic issues, Putin praised his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying that Russia's development of three domestic vaccines was a “real breakthrough” and predicting that Russia would achieve herd immunity by the Fall.