Putin issues ominous warning on rising nuclear war threat

Putin not striving to rule the world but plans to get married someday Best quotes from annual Q&A

Putin not striving to rule the world but plans to get married someday Best quotes from annual Q&A

The US has said it has no plans to deploy new missiles in Europe after pulling out of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

Putin said holding another referendum was risky.

He recalled that after the withdrawal of the United States from the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty in 2002, Russian Federation was forced to respond with the creation of new weapons systems to overcome missile defense systems.

Peskov was asked to comment on Russian President Vladimir Putin's statement about the possibility of a nuclear war following the USA withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, TASS reported. Putin said. "We are witnessing the collapse of the global system of deterrence". "ISIS hits us they are doomed!" "But in general, for humanity, this is very bad, because it brings us to a very unsafe point", Putin said at an annual press conference.

Putin has said the US presence in Syria was illegitimate, but agrees with USA military officials that the Islamic State in Syria has largely been defeated on the ground and has suffered "serious blows". Are the Americans not interested, do they not need them?

Alexey Kudenko
Alexey Kudenko

"If, God forbid, [nuclear war] were to happen, it would lead to the end of all civilization and maybe also the planet", he said.

Amid a litany of complaints over Washington's policies, Putin had one positive thing to say about the United States: He welcomed Trump's decision to withdraw the US military from Syria.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that British Prime Minister Theresa May had no choice but to implement Brexit and steer clear of a second referendum or risk undermining faith in British democracy.

Putin did not appear to be entirely convinced that Trump will actually withdrawal, reminding reporters of America's history in Afghanistan: "The United States has been in Afghanistan already for 17 years, and nearly every year they say they're withdrawing their troops".

With relations between Moscow and Washington strained by everything from Ukraine to hacking allegations, Putin said he did not know when a meeting with Trump might take place however.

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