The Russian authorities have information about provocations against Russia in connection with the fight against the coronavirus, President Vladimir Putin said.
According to Putin, a targeted anti-Russian campaign containing unsubstantiated accusations on a number of issues is being prepared. At the same time, as Putin noted, many Russian partners appreciate Russia's achievements in the fight against COVID-19.
Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that Western countries were using the COVID-19 pandemic to "punish the unwanted."
"Unfortunately, despite the pandemic and the obvious need to consolidate efforts, some Western colleagues are still unwilling to revise their selfish line, abandon forceful approaches, illegitimate methods of blackmail and pressure," Lavrov emphasized during his speech at the 46th session UN Human Rights Council.
The troops of the Southern and Western military districts will begin to return from Russia's southern borders to the points of their permanent deployment starting April 23