Putin warns the threat of nuclear war should not be underestimated

Putin warns the threat of nuclear war should not be underestimated

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that the threat of a nuclear war should not be discounted and criticized the U.S.' move to withdraw from an international nuclear treaty.
  • Speaking at his annual media press conference, Putin was asked by one journalist to assess the threat of nuclear war or a third world war.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during annual news conference in Moscow, Russia December 20, 2018.
Putin warns the threat of nuclear war should not be underestimated   6 Hours Ago | 01:39

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the threat of a nuclear war should not be discounted and criticized the U.S.' move to withdraw from an international nuclear treaty.

Speaking at his annual media press conference, Putin was asked by one journalist to assess the threat of nuclear war or a third world war.

"The danger of the situation is being downplayed," Putin told the audience of over 1,000 journalists at his year-end question and answer session.

"It now seems to be impossible, something without crucial importance, but at the same time if something like this would happen this would lead to the collapse of the entire civilization and maybe our planet. So this is an important question," he said via a translator.

"Unfortunately, we have this trend to underestimate the current situation. There are dangers, there are risks in our day-to-day lives. What are those risks? First and foremost, the collapse of the international system of arms control, of moving away from an arms race," he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has threatened to develop nuclear-tipped missiles   4:16 PM ET Wed, 5 Dec 2018 | 02:10

Speaking at his annual news conference, Putin said it was hard to predict what the consequences would be of a U.S. withdrawal from the landmark Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, signed in 1987. He also stated that an escalation of tensions that could lead to war should not be allowed to happen.

"Now they're making another step and they are withdrawing from the INF treaty so what's going to come out of that? It's hard to imagine what will come next," he said.

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Comment by Timothy Hadfield on December 20, 2018 at 10:30pm

Why does Putin come across as being so very reasonable, whilst our lot make no sense whatsoever?

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