Kremlin Explains Russia’s ‘Red Lines’ Are Related to National Interests

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The “red lines” that Russian President Vladimir Putin mentioned in his address to the parliament are located at the borders of Russia’s national interests, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov explained on Thursday.

Putin warned the West against crossing “red lines”, stressing that any provocation would face a harsh response.

“The red line is Russia’s national interests .. Russia’s red lines are related to its national interests, they are also certainly related to bilateral relations with other nations, including Ukraine, and relations with different international alliances,” Peskov told reporters.

On Diplomatic Row With Prague

The Kremlin has an extremely negative attitude to the hysteria around Russian embassy staffers expulsion from the Czech Republic, Peskov said on Thursday.

“Our diplomats are working there. We certainly have an extremely negative attitude to all this hysteria. This is the only thing that I can say. Let us give diplomats a chance to formulate our viewpoint,” the spokesman told reporters.

On Unauthorised Protests in Russia

Moscow sees no reason to anyhow assess the April 21 unauthorised rallies across Russia, Peskov said.

“We see no reason for us to make an assessment, this is rather a topic for assessment by law enforcement agencies and interior affairs bodies. I do not know if the rallies were held legally anywhere, they are more likely to be illegal, as they were not authorized. As for the rest, this is the interior affairs bodies’ business. Of course, the presidential address to the Federal Assembly [the Russian parliament] was the most important event yesterday,” Peskov told reporters.

On Russia-Belarus Integration

The Kremlin believes that integration between Russia and Belarus is not linked with cooperation between the two countries against external threats, Peskov also said.

“I don’t think these are some kind of interrelated things. Integration processes within the union state are one thing, external threats and incessant attempts to interfere in the internal affairs of our two countries are a completely different reality,” the spokesman told reporters.

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