Vladimir Putin says United States presence in Japan complicates signing of peace treaty

Vladimir Putin says United States presence in Japan complicates signing of peace treaty

The deal bans ground-launched medium-range missiles, with a range of 500-5,500km (310-3,400 miles). He said that if the US puts intermediate-range missiles in Europe, Russia will be forced to take countermeasures. He added that Russian Federation has not yet observed signs of an American withdrawal from Syria.

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

"They need an external threat to cement North Atlantic Treaty Organisation unity", Putin said, accusing the USA and its allies of exploiting "phobias of the past" to achieve domestic political goals.


Pointing at the United States intention to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces, or INF, Treaty, Putin warned that if the United States puts intermediate-range missiles in Europe, Russia will be forced to take countermeasures. Russian Federation insists it is complying with the deal.

Putin noted that Western analysts are talking about the possibility of using low-yield nuclear weapons.

"There is a trend of lowering the threshold" of using nuclear weapons, Putin said.

He described British accusations of Russian involvement in the poisoning of a former spy in Salisbury as part of Western efforts to isolate and weaken Russia. "If missiles appear in Europe, what else can we do?"

"It's very hard to imagine how the situation will develop (if the US quits the INF treaty)".


Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) looks over toward US President Donald Trump, as Trump speaks during their joint news conference in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018.

"I understand the position of the Prime Minister [Theresa May], she is fighting for this Brexit". "This shows a lack of respect for voters".

Russian Federation says the missile's range puts it outside the treaty altogether and is not as long as Washington alleges, meaning that it is fully compliant with the INF. There is only one aim: "to hold back Russia's development", he said, later lamenting that relations with Britain were at a "dead end". Full-year growth is estimated at 1.8 percent.

As he began his opening remarks, the price of oil - Russia's biggest export earner - fell, with Brent crude dropping below $55 a barrel for the first time since 2017.

"As a respectable person, I will have to do this at some point", Putin said, smiling. "Without it there will be no future for the country". "OK, we will survive", he said.


The Russian leader, whose speaking stamina is second only to late Cuban leader Fidel Castro, took 53 questions over 3 hours and 43 minutes, nearly an hour short of the record (4 hours 40 minutes) set at his 2008 press conference.

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