Russian President Vladimir Putin held his annual press conference in Moscow on the 20th (photo: American Federation)
Overseas Network, December 20 (Vladimir Putin), Russian President, issued a chilling warning Thursday, saying that the threat of nuclear war is rising, and that the U.S. nuclear policy may lead to the destruction of entire civilization and even the entire planet.
According to the Associated Press (AP), Putin pointed out at his annual press conference that the United States intends to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate Range Missile Treaty (INF Treaty). He said that if the United States deploys medium-range missiles to Europe, Russia will be forced to take countermeasures.
We are witnessing the collapse of the arms control system, Putin said. He pointed out that the United States planned to withdraw from the INF Treaty and was unwilling to negotiate an extension of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START agreement). Putin also pointed out that Western analysts were talking about the possibility of using low-yield nuclear weapons.
Putin stressed that Russia must ensure its own security, and the West should not complain about our unilateral advantages. Russia does not seek advantages. We are trying to maintain balance and ensure our security.
Putin also stressed that the United States is considering the use of ballistic missiles and conventional warheads, which he said were launched or misinterpreted as launching nuclear bombs and triggering a global disaster. If this happens, it could lead to the destruction of civilization as a whole, or even to the destruction of our planet, Putin said.
It is reported that the Mid-Range Missile Treaty, which is called the Treaty on the Elimination of Mid-Range Missiles and Short-Range Missiles between the United States and the Soviet Union, was signed in Washington on December 8, 1987 by President Reagan of the United States and Soviet leader Gorbachev. The treaty prohibits both sides from testing, producing and deploying land-based cruise missiles and ballistic missiles with ranges of 500 to 5500 kilometers, but does not impose restrictions on sea-based and air-launched cruise missiles and ballistic missiles. The United States and Russia have repeatedly accused each other of violating the treaty in recent years.
On October 20 this year, US President Trump said earlier that the United States intended to withdraw from the Guidance Treaty, accused Russia of violating the Treaty, and said that the United States needed to develop weapons restricted by the Treaty. Russia responded that if the United States withdraws from the Guidance Treaty, Russia will develop unique types of weapons.