Today Vladimir Putin made a statement in which he said that Russia is “stronger than any potential aggressor”. After its modernized nuclear missiles and other forces, he claims to be the next best thing after America.
He stated that he wants a constructive relationship with the new US President Donald Trump, and nuclear race is expected.
He also said that the U.S withdrawal in 2001 from the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty had worsen their relationship and had “created conditions for a new nuclear arms race”.
The US-Soviet ABM Treaty was signed in 1972.
He said: “It’s no secret we’ve worked hard to improve our missile forces.”
After the US cancelled the treaty, he said, “we have had to modernise our offensive systems”.
But he claimed: “If anyone is unleashing an arms race it’s not us. We will never spend resources on an arms race that we can’t afford.”
Mr Putin dismissed President Barack Obama administration’s allegations about a Russian hand in the hacking of Democratic Party computers during the campaign.
“I’ve said before that the losing side is looking for people to blame outside. They would do better to look for the problems among themselves.”
He also said that the Democrats had lost because of their fault, not Russian interference.
He asked: “So that’s my work too?”
He also questioned the democratic process in America.
Mr Putin said: “Yes, there are democratic problems. We have raised them with our US partners more than once.
“It is in the archaic nature of the US system,” he added referring to the electoral college.
“So some states have preferences? Why do they still have that today…well that is a question for the American people.”
He said exclusively that America was a great nation.
Mr. Trump stated that his goal is not to compete with Russia, instead he wants a closer relationship with Putin.
The two presidents are known to have a closer relationship than the Russian leader had with ex-President Obama.
I’ve said before that the losing side is looking for people to blame outside. They would do better to look for the problems among themselves.
This meeting was originally scheduled for Thursday, but Kremlin postponed this event for one day to allow Vladimir Putin to attend the funeral of Ambassador Andrei Karlov, who was murdered in Turkey on Monday.
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