Putin: NATO expansion to Ukraine is a "red line" for Russia

The expansion of NATO's military infrastructure in Ukraine may become the very "red line" for Russia, after which Moscow will be forced to create something similar in response to this threat, Vladimir Putin said.

The Russian leader recalled that in the 90s and early 2000s, the Russian Federation and the West were allies. However, NATO for some reason decided to expand to the borders of Russia, vesti.ru reports.

As for hypersonic weapons, Russia began to develop them only in response to NATO actions, the head of state noted. The alliance began deploying missile defense systems in Poland and Romania equipped with Mk41 launchers. However, Tomahawk attack cruise missiles can also be launched from them.

In 2022, the Russian fleet will receive a hypersonic missile capable of accelerating up to Mach 9, Vladimir Putin added.