President Putin says West trying to 'hold back' powerful Russian Federation

President Putin says West trying to 'hold back' powerful Russian Federation

President Putin says West trying to 'hold back' powerful Russian Federation

The Russian leader made the remarks at his annual end of the year news conference.

The United States has accused Russian Federation of flouting the nuclear pact, allegations Moscow denies, and has threatened to pull out.

When asked about Trump's plans for the immediate withdrawal of USA troops from Syria, Putin was nothing but supportive and agreed with the US president's assessment that the Islamic State group has been defeated.

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.

This year, he made clear his biggest worry was what he called a risky new arms race, something he accused the United States of stoking by turning its back on arms control.

He then criticized President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the U.S. -Russia Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, or INF treaty, saying, "We are essentially witnessing the breakdown of the worldwide order of arms control".

Economic questions dominated the opening exchanges, with Putin beginning as usual by reeling off growth figures.

He pointed at Washington's intention to walk away from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty and its reluctance to negotiate the extension of the 2010 New START agreement.

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. "Of course, we'll have to ensure our own security".

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"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. It has accused the United States of inventing a false pretext to exit a treaty it wants to leave anyway so as to develop new missiles. Putin said he was anxious that Washington didn't appear to be interested in discussing its future.

"No talks on extending this are yet being held".

"You aren't interested, you don't need it?" - Ok, we'll survive and will ensure our own security which we know how to do. "But it will be very bad for the whole of humankind, because it would take us to a very unsafe area".

Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a chilling warning Thursday about the rising threat of a nuclear war, saying "it could lead to the destruction of civilization as a whole and maybe even our planet".

The Russian president has criticized the United States' threats to pull out of a Cold War era treaty that bans short and medium range ballistic missiles.

"If that happens, it could lead to the destruction of the entire civilization and may be even our planet", he said.

Putin said Moscow had not noted any signs of a USA withdrawal, and that the United States had many times said it was leaving Afghanistan, but still retained a presence there. "That's disrespect of voters", Mr Putin said.

Putin won a landslide re-election victory in March, giving him six more years in power.

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