Nothing To Stop New States Joining Nuclear Pact: Putin

Oscar PerryDec 21, 2018

Mr Putin said there were a growing tendency to underestimate the threat of nuclear war, and criticised President Trump's plan to withdraw from a key nuclear treaty with Russian Federation.

According to Russian television network RT, Ryabkov said, "Washington publicly announced its plans to withdraw from the treaty (INF) already in October".

He also noted that Western analysts are talking about the possibility of using low-yield nuclear weapons.

Putin warned that "there is a trend of lowering the threshold" of using nuclear weapons, adding that "lowering the threshold could lead to a global nuclear catastrophe".

"We will have to ensure our security".

"We don't see signs of a pullout", he said, adding that the U.S. "has been in Afghanistan 17 years, and they always say they're withdrawing". "We aren't seeking advantages, we are trying to preserve the balance and ensure our security".

Putin also lamented the lack of negotiations on extending the New START Treaty, which expires in 2021, and again warned that Russian Federation will do whatever is needed to ensure its national security in the face of future American nuclear developments - specifically singling out calls for tactical nuclear weapons and non-nuclear ballistic missiles.

"If, God forbid, something like that were to happen, it would lead to the end of all civilization and maybe also the planet", said Putin.

"We are witnessing the breakup of the arms control system", he said.

"You aren't interested, you don't need it? OK, we know how to ensure our security", he said.

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin has accused the United Kingdom and USA political classes of "disrespecting" the public by questioning the Brexit referendum and Donald Trump's election.

Putin also said the West was trying to hold back an increasingly powerful Russian Federation as he took aim at sanctions and "made-up" spy scandals, including the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England.

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

"And I think we'll do that", Putin said from behind a large wooden desk to an audience of hundreds of journalists. The pullout is also likely to strengthen Russia's role in Syria's future.

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Putin showed no sign of backing down from Russia's stance on Ukraine.

Putin showed no sign of backing down from Russia's stance on Ukraine, and accused his Ukrainian counterpart of provoking a naval stand-off with Russian Federation to boost his electoral prospects. "They are shooting at their citizens which they believe are Ukrainian citizens".

Economic questions dominated the opening exchanges, with Vladimir Putin beginning as usual by reeling off growth figures.

The Russian president noted that the nation's hard currency reserves have increased from US$432b ($638b) at the start of the year to $US464b ($685b) now.

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