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Putin Warns West of Harsh Response if it Crosses Russia’s ‘Red Lines’

The Kremlin leader continues to espouse defiance

On Wednesday, President Vladimir Putin warned the West not to cross Russia's "red lines," saying Moscow would respond swiftly and harshly to any provocations and those responsible would regret it.

At a time of acute crisis in ties with the United States and Europe, with Russian troops massed near Ukraine and opposition leader Alexei Navalny on hunger strike in jail, the Kremlin leader used his state of the nation speech to project a message of Russian strength and defiance in the face of outside threats.

"We want good relations... and really don't want to burn bridges," Putin told both houses of parliament.

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