Russian Federation accuses US of raising risk of nuclear war

Putin says U.S. decision on INF treaty could be path to 'global nuclear catastrophe'

Putin says U.S. decision on INF treaty could be path to 'global nuclear catastrophe'

The U.S. has said it would exit the agreement because Russian Federation had violated its terms.

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

Putin underscored a growing confrontation with the USA over its move to pull out of a landmark 1987 arms control treaty.

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said he would take Russian Federation into "a new economic league", during an annual press conference that follows months of growing discontent at home.

Moving onto foreign policy questions, Putin warned of a "collapse of the worldwide arms (control) system" after Washington announced it would withdraw from a key Cold War treaty. Are the Americans not interested, do they not need them?

Russia and Ukraine have been locked in long-simmering conflict since the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014, and a war with Russian-backed separatists in the country's east has claimed more than 10,000 lives. This trend "could lead to a global nuclear catastrophe", he said.

"We will have to ensure our security", he said.

Putin said that the US announcement it will withdraw its troops from Syria is "the right thing to do" though he expressed skepticism about whether it will actually take place.

He had one nice things to say about the United States, however: He welcomed President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the USA military from Syria.




Butina pleaded guilty last Thursday in front of a USA federal judge to one count of conspiracy to act as a foreign agent.

Her case is a vivid "part of a larger mosaic of Russian influence operations" laid out in part by special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian interference, former Justice Department officials David Laufman told The Washington Post last week.

Russian Federation and Japan have been in dispute for seven decades over island territories captured by Soviet troops in the last days of World War II.

Putin, who was addressing more than 1,000 reporters from around the world, many of them holding up signs to attract his attention, faced a tougher task defending his domestic record.

Putin noted that it would be proper for the U.S.to leave Syria since it is there illegally, without invitation from the Syrian government in Damascus - as Russian Federation was - nor authorization from the United Nations Security Council. The Russian coast guard fired upon and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels and 24 seamen when they tried to sail from the Black Sea into the Sea of Azov in what U.S. and its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies condemned as unjustified use of force by Russia.

On the economy, Putin hailed another year of Russian growth after a previous period of stagnation.

Russia's gross domestic product is set to grow by 1.8 percent this year, while industrial output has grown faster at 3%, he said.

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. Full-year growth is estimated at 1.8%.

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