Putin issues chilling warning on rising nuclear war threat

21 December, 2018, 00:45 | Author: Darnell Patrick
  • Putin said that if the U.S. puts intermediate-range missiles in Europe Russia will be forced to take countermeasures.					Alexander Zemlianichenko  AP

"We are witnessing the breakup of the arms control system", Putin said, noting the USA plan to opt out of the INF Treaty and its reluctance to negotiate the extension of the New START agreement.

The Russian president pointed at Western defense analysts discussing the possibility of using low-yield nuclear weapons, warning that its authors naively believe in a limited conflict involving smaller weapons.

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

In his end-of-year press conference, the Russian strongman claimed that Butina made the plea because of the threat of a lengthy prison sentence in what he described was a fabricated case.

Putin also noted that the USA appears to show little interest in extending the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty, which expires in 2021. Are the Americans not interested, do they not need them?

The annual event, Putin's 14th of its kind, is used by the Russian leader to burnish his leadership credentials and send messages to foreign allies and foes.

In more conciliatory language, Putin rallied to Trump's defense against his domestic opponents, warning that the Democrats' success in the midterm elections to the House of Representatives will lead to "new attacks" on the US president.

"There is a trend of lowering the threshold" of using nuclear weapons, Putin said.

"As for ruling the world, we know where the headquarters trying to do that are located, and the place isn't Moscow", he said, noting that the Pentagon's annual budget of over $700 billion dwarfs Russia's defense spending of $46 billion.


On Wednesday, Mr Trump announced that he would withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, saying Islamic State forces had been defeated there.

Earlier this month, Maria Butina pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge for trying to infiltrate conservative political groups in the USA, as part of a deal with federal prosecutors.

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

An increase to the retirement age this year provoked anger and rare street protests but Mr Putin said the hike was "unavoidable" when questioned on the subject.

David Miliband, a leading supporter of the People's Vote, a campaign calling for a public vote on the final Brexit deal, said: "It is an insult to the United Kingdom that he should be lecturing us on our democratic process".

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. "OK, we will survive", he said.

Mr Putin said the economy grew 1.7 percent over the first 10 months of the year, roughly in line with predictions, while unemployment was down.

Russia's economy registered a 1.5% growth last year following the two-year stagnation.

Recommended:

  • United and PSG set for Champions League showdown

    United and PSG set for Champions League showdown

    It will be a 50/50 chance when Mauricio Pochettino's side, Tottenham play against surprise Group A winners, Borussia Dortmund. Spanish football pundit and former Real Madrid player and manager Jorge Valdano said: 'Juventus are not happy either.
    Boston Celtics make franchise history with 133-77 victory over Chicago Bulls

    Boston Celtics make franchise history with 133-77 victory over Chicago Bulls

    The Celtics scored nine straight points in the last four minutes of the first quarter to take a lead they would never relinquish. The Celtics may need you to come off the bench, because they have about three healthy players for Monday night's game.
    Theresa May vows to contest no-confidence vote outside Number 10

    Theresa May vows to contest no-confidence vote outside Number 10

    The vote will take place between 6pm and 8pm local time Wednesday and the result will be announced later in the evening. The U.K. leader is facing a no-confidence vote that will see her removed as party and government leader if she loses.
  • Former Nasa engineer makes glitter bomb to prank thieves

    Former Nasa engineer makes glitter bomb to prank thieves

    So he spent the next six months building a custom-made "glitter bomb" hidden inside of a decoy package. It shows how Rober connected four phones to a GPS-connected circuit board inside an Apple box.
    Qualcomm aims to ban iPhone XS and iPhone XR in China too

    Qualcomm aims to ban iPhone XS and iPhone XR in China too

    Qualcomm was not pleased by Apple's decision to merely update its phones, releasing a strongly worded statement of its own. Meanwhile, Qualcomm is pushing even harder on Apple, apparently emblazoned by the preliminary injunctions win this week.
    Pelosi all but assured of becoming House speaker

    Pelosi all but assured of becoming House speaker

    After Mrs Pelosi said they should "call a halt to this", Mr Trump said: "It's not bad, Nancy - it's called transparency". During his bid for the presidency and for some time after winning it, Trump promised that Mexico would pay for the wall.
  • Eyes in the sky: Weekend meteor shower on

    Eyes in the sky: Weekend meteor shower on

    For optimal viewing conditions, the sky must be clear, get as far away from city lights as possible, and face south. Light from the moon makes it harder to see some fainter meteors, so it's best to wait until it sets to head outside.
    Trump says he could intervene in Huawei CFO case

    Trump says he could intervene in Huawei CFO case

    Beijing has said that the Hong Kong-based organization for which Kovrig now works was not properly registered in China. Meng is a high-profile executive at Huawei, one of the world's biggest makers of smartphones and networking equipment.
    Police reviewing alleged racial abuse against Manchester City's Raheem Sterling

    Police reviewing alleged racial abuse against Manchester City's Raheem Sterling

    Former Ireland worldwide , Clinton Morrison, has called two recent incidents of racist behaviour towards Premier League players "a disgrace".
  • May heads for Brussels after surviving rebels' challenge

    May heads for Brussels after surviving rebels' challenge

    The prime minister won the confidence vote with a majority of 83 - 63% of Conservative MPs backing her and 37% voting against her. The vote had been triggered by MPs angry at her Brexit policy, which they say betrays the 2016 referendum result.
    Champions League: Liverpool's match against Napoli requires calm approach

    Champions League: Liverpool's match against Napoli requires calm approach

    It should never have come to this for Klopp's side, but consecutive defeats to Red Star Belgrade and PSG mean that it has. The best form of defence is a good offence... unless you're playing Liverpool . "I'm really looking forward to it".
    Nissan, Ghosn, Kelly indicted over under-reported pay

    Nissan, Ghosn, Kelly indicted over under-reported pay

    It was through his role with the latter that he signed off on the French manufacturer's return to Formula 1 as a full constructor. Despite selling fewer vehicles, Renault has a 43% shareholding in Nissan , while Nissan's stake in Renault is only 15%.


Popular

Mauricio Pochettino will QUIT Tottenham to join Man Utd this summer - Redknapp
There's absolutely no doubting Mauricio Pochettino has done a fantastic job at Tottenham so far. However, a permanent replacement would be more ideal for the club and the United faithful.

Curran and Unadkat are IPL millionaires, Hetmyer to RCB,
Patel, who made his name at KXIP, was bought by Delhi Capitals after a bidding battle with the Punjab franchise. The 20-year-old attracted the third-highest bid of 72m rupees, having entered with a base price of 20m.

Mueller Defends FBI’s Questioning of Flynn at White House
Flynn was duped into lying in an interview with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents. Flynn, however, agreed to be interviewed alone.

Marcus Rashford Insists Man Utd Aren't 'Underdogs' Ahead of Liverpool Clash
But the German, who has lost three finals during his time at the club, said there was more to consider than just trophies. Asked how far away United are from being a team in their manager's image, Mourinho said: "Far".

If Brexit changes are off the table, time for 'reassurances'
A European Commission spokesperson said, "This deal is the best and only deal possible". The agreement on the border was contained in the Britain-EU Brexit deal.

Koscielny set for first Arsenal start since May
Arsenal manager Unai Emery has conceded he may look into attaining a new defensive option in the January transfer window, with the centre of his defence suffering from a lack of depth and fitness.

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is a $700 Super Fast Charging Edition
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition was unveiled globally on Tuesday and the smartphone will be officially launched in India today. The limited edition OnePlus 6T phone will be launched in India at an event in Mumbai, that begins from 6pm IST.

John Kelly Was President Trump's Top Authoritarian Fearmonger. Good Riddance. - Hit & Run
The official was not authorized to discuss the personnel issue by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. Mr Kelly replaced Reince Priebus in July 2017 with the mission of imposing order in the White House.

United Kingdom court orders extradition of businessman Vijay Mallya to India
England's Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot, who has specialized in handling the extradition cases, is hearing the case. Proceedings are on before the Mumbai Special Court against Mallya under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act.

Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram
In the 2013 elections, the BJP won 49 seats, the Congress 39, while one seat each was bagged by the BSP and an Independent. As many as 5,184 counting personnel and 1,500 micro-observers have been appointed for smooth conduct of the process.