Putin Warns of a Russian ‘Crimson Line’ the West Will Remorse Crossing

In Mr. Putin’s telling, Russia, removed from pursuing a militaristic coverage, has been the sufferer of a Western scheme to include and hobble the nation. “They assault Russia right here and there with none motive,” Mr. Putin stated. He cited Rudyard Kipling’s novel “Jungle E-book” with a comparability of the USA to Shere Khan, a villainous tiger, nipping at Russia.

And Mr. Putin lingered on descriptions of Russia’s modernized arsenal of atomic weapons. These embrace a hypersonic cruise missile, referred to as the Dagger, and a nuclear torpedo, referred to as the Poseidon. The torpedo, Russian officers have stated, is designed to set off a radioactive tsunami.

The international coverage message was a stark warning, stated Andrei A. Klimov, deputy chairman of the Committee on Overseas Affairs within the Russian Senate.

“We aren’t joking any longer,” Mr. Klimov stated. ““We received’t daily inform our opponents they are going to be punished. However when it comes, they may perceive.”

Anton Troianovski contributed reporting from Kyiv, Ukraine and Ivan Nechepurenko from Moscow.

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