Russia's Putin accuses U.S. of raising risk of nuclear war

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Putin has previously said that Russian Federation would be forced to train its own missiles on any European countries that host US rockets. 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.

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

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestured during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, today.

Putin also said sanctions imposed by Western countries on Russian Federation were the result of the country's increasing worldwide influence.

"You aren't interested, you don't need it?"

Butina admitted to working with a U.S. political operative - Paul Erickson - under direction of a former Russian senator to forge ties with officials at the National Rifle Association, conservative leaders and candidates in the 2016 presidential race, including Donald Trump.

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.

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"We know how to ensure our safety", Putin said, "we can do that". If these missiles appear in Europe what should we do?

On Wednesday, Mr Trump announced that he would withdraw USA troops from Syria, saying Islamic State forces had been defeated there. The pullout is also likely to strengthen Russia's role in Syria's future. There is only one aim: "to hold back Russia's development", he said, later lamenting that relations with Britain were at a "dead end". One Russian newspaper report said he was in a relationship with Alina Kabaeva, a former Olympic gymnast, though Putin rejected the assertion.

Putin showed no sign of backing down from Russia's stance on Ukraine, and accused his Ukrainian counterpart of provoking a naval stand-off with Russian Federation to boost his electoral prospects.

Putin pledged that the government will create incentives to speed up growth. "They are shooting at their citizens which they believe are Ukrainian citizens".

President Vladimir Putin says that a Russian woman in custody in the United States who has pleaded guilty to acting as a covert agent of the Russian government hasn't carried out any government missions. "And I think we'll do that", he said.

Russia's gross domestic product is set to grow by 1.8 per cent this year, while industrial output has grown faster at 3 per cent, he said. However, the Russian president cast doubt on whether or not Trump would follow through, noting how the US has announced several withdrawals after 17 years in Afghanistan. He drew skepticism even from state TV as he touted the year's growth outlook of 1.8 percent and an upturn in household incomes.

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