The United States of America will pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, confirmed Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov.
He warned of a "collapse of the global arms (control) system" following Washington's announcement it would drop the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces agreement.
"What stops (us) starting talks on them joining the current agreement or starting to discuss parameters for a new accord?" But for humanity in general, this is a bad thing because it leads us to a very risky place, and there's this trend to lower the threshold for actually using these weapons.
"We know how to ensure our safety", Putin said, "we can do that".
"We don't see signs of a pullout", he said, adding that the USA "has been in Afghanistan 17 years, and they always say they're withdrawing". "We have to ensure our security", Putin said, "and for that they will complain about us having the advantage".
Photo provided September 19, 2017, by the Russian Defence Ministry official website shows a Russian Iskander-K missile launched during a military exercise at a training ground at the Luzhsky Range, near St. Petersburg. 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 also emphasized that the USA is pondering the use of ballistic missiles with conventional warheads, saying that the launch of such a missile could be mistaken for the launch of a nuclear-tipped one and trigger a global catastrophe.
"If, God forbid, something like that were to happen, it would lead to the end of all civilization and maybe also the planet", said Putin.
Putin also said sanctions imposed by Western countries on Russian Federation were the result of the country's increasing global influence.
"We need a breakthrough", Putin said. The U.S. has said it has no plans to deploy new missiles after pulling out of the INF treaty.
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Putin said "major advances" had been made in defeating militant in Syria, but, "there is a danger that those terrorist groups might infiltrate neighbouring countries, for example, Afghanistan and their own countries".
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Putin pledged that the government will create incentives to speed up growth.
Russia's hopes for repairing ties with the US under President Donald Trump have fizzled amid allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election - charges Putin has denied.
The Russian leader said it remained to be seen if the USA keeps its word, noting Washington's 17-year presence in Afghanistan despite sending occasional signals of pulling out there. However, the Russian president cast doubt on whether or not Trump would follow through, noting how the USA has announced several withdrawals after 17 years in Afghanistan.
Putin has previously said that Russian Federation would be forced to train its own missiles on any European countries that host USA rockets.
Russian President Vladimir Putin gestured during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, today.
The positive statistics follow a hard period in recent years when Russia's economy has suffered a combined blow of low oil prices and Western sanctions. Full-year growth is estimated at 1.8 percent.
Economic questions dominated the opening exchanges, with Putin beginning as usual by reeling off growth figures.