Russian President Putin Threatens to Defend Country Against US/NATO Provocations

In the equivalent of the US State of the Union address for Russia, the country’s president Vladimir Putin delivered his annual address to Russian legislators and top government and church officials on April 21.

The notable event focused mainly on domestic affairs, yet also included Putin drawing a clear ‘red line’ against NATO and the Biden administration’s intensifying military provocations in the Black Sea focusing on Crimea and Ukraine. The address was virtually blacked out by European and US news media.

Here is the entire speech, with English translation:

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