Putin issues chilling warning on rising nuclear war threat

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

"As a respectable person, I will have to do this at some point", Putin said, smiling. If these missiles appear in Europe what should we do?

UNIAN memo. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty, formally Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Elimination of Their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles) is a 1987 arms control agreement between the United States and the Soviet Union (and later its successor state the Russian Federation). This trend "could lead to a global nuclear catastrophe", he said.

"We are essentially witnessing the breakdown of the worldwide arms control order and (the start of) an arms race", Putin told more than 1,000 reporters. "ISIS hits us they are doomed!" "You aren't interested, you don't need it?" He also cited the risky tendency of lowering the threshold for using nuclear weapons and the idea of using ballistic missiles with conventional warheads. Ok, we'll survive and will ensure our own security, which we know how to do.

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.

Putin told reporters at his annual news conference that Moscow was concerned by the deployment of a USA air defense system in Japan, presumably referring to the Aegis Ashore anti-missile defense system. At the same time the West has harshly criticized Russian Federation for its military and political support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, which US officials say has prolonged the war in Syria and the suffering of its people.

"You can predict new attacks on the president with 100-per cent probability", Putin said. The pullout is also likely to strengthen Russia's role in Syria's future.

  • David Armstrong