(HorizonPost.com) – When President Joe Biden’s mentor, Barack Obama, was in the Oval Office in 2014, Russian military forces invaded Ukraine and “annexed” much of the Crimea region of the country. With that same ideology back in power in Washington, DC, Russian President Vladimir Putin used his state-of-the-nation address of April 21 to warn Western countries against “any provocations threatening our core security interests” under the backdrop of approximately 100,000 troops deployed to the Ukraine border.
President #VladimirPutin 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 feel bitterly sorry for their actionhttps://t.co/q2jLtdSbO6
— The Daily Star (@dailystarnews) April 21, 2021
Putin said his country’s response to violations of that warning would be “asymmetrical, quick, and tough,” adding this is where Russia would draw the “red line.” However, he never defined exactly what or where those limits are, leaving it hazy and allowing the Kremlin to decide on a case-by-case basis.
On April 22, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu portrayed the massive armament buildup as a “surprise check” on troop readiness. The exercise achieved its aims according to Shoygu, who said they would be withdrawing from the border region. Isn’t the timing of their statement interesting, seeing as how the show of force ended the day after Putin rattled his saber?
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