Putin was sure Crimea's reunification with Russian Federation to be followed by sanctions


Putin was sure Crimea's reunification with Russian Federation to be followed by sanctions

Earlier this month, in his speech to the Federal Assembly Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled the most advanced systems of strategic weapons, being developed in response to Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM Treaty) and practical deployment of the ABM shield both inside the U.S. and outside its borders.

Asked if he was disappointed with Mr Trump, Mr Putin told state TV that he had no such feeling, adding he had a very positive impression of Mr Trump, whom he met on the sidelines of worldwide summits past year.

Putin praised Trump as a "balanced" man, who easily gets into the gist of various issues and listens to his interlocutor.

Venting his frustration with the USA political system, Putin said "it has demonstrated its inefficiency and has been eating itself up".

Moscow's hopes for better ties with Washington have been dashed by the ongoing congressional and FBI investigations into allegations of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

The Russian president also avoided any blame for tensions between Russia and the West, saying that western countries had long tried to weaken and control Moscow.

Russia's last female leader was Catherine the Great, who died in 1796, and the only woman standing in a presidential election this month, Kseniya Sobchak, has around one percent of the projected vote.

Asked about the tense relationship, Putin said it's based on the West's efforts to weaken Russian Federation. Few people expected that we would act so quickly and decisively, if not downright, audaciously.

"I made some exaggerations", the action-loving Russian leader said with a grin. He continued: "Those who serve us with poison will eventually swallow it and poison themselves".

Any British government, "even one led by Jeremy Corbyn, would have to throw it at Russian Federation".

The Russian leader, who's accused the US of triggering a new arms race by building up a missile-defense system Putin says is aimed at blunting his country's strategic deterrent, said any use of nuclear weapons would lead to Armageddon.

Moscow has denied any involvement.

Putin added: "This is called a retaliatory, counter strike, when we receive a legal right to respond". "For the world it will be a global catastrophe".

'But as a citizen of Russia, as a head of the Russian state, I want to ask - why do we need a world if Russia ceases to exist?'



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