Putin: West disrespecting voters' choices of Trump and Brexit

The construction of the last of Russia’s nuclear-powered Borey-class submarines will not be affected by the current budget sequester the director general of the Rubin design bureau said Tuesday

Turning to nuclear weapons, Putin warned that if the US puts intermediate-range missiles in Europe after its planned exit from the INF Treaty banning them, Russian Federation will be forced to take countermeasures.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is warning about the rising threat of a nuclear war.

In a news conference that lasted more than three hours, Putin also backed U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull troops out of Syria, said British Prime Minister Theresa May had no choice but to implement Brexit and that Western democracy was under serious strain.

The U.S. exit from Syria would be a major achievement for the Russian leader, who has backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad through nearly seven years of civil war amid efforts by the U.S and its allies to oust him.

Moving onto foreign policy questions, Putin warned of a "collapse of the worldwide arms (control) system" after Washington announced it would withdraw from a key Cold War treaty. - Ok, we'll survive and will ensure our own security which we know how to do.

Putin also said the West was trying to hold back an increasingly powerful Russian Federation as he took aim at sanctions and "made-up" spy scandals, including the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England.

"I do generally agree with the USA president", he said, "We have made some major advances against terrorists in Syria, though there is a danger those groups might now infiltrate neighboring countries like Afghanistan and their countries of origin - which poses a threat to all of us in Russia, Europe, the USA and the Central Asian countries".

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It raises further doubts on whether leader Kim Jong-un will ever relinquish an arsenal he may see as his greatest guarantee of survival.

Ryabkov accused Washington of "extremely intrusive" attempts to shine a light on Russian rocket manufacturing and said that Washington had in the past rebuffed Russian requests to look inside U.S. submarines under another arms control treaty. The U.S. has said it has no plans to deploy new missiles after pulling out of the INF treaty.

USA officials say the withdrawal from the INF was prompted by Russian violations of the treaty.

He also addressed the recent escalation of tensions with Ukraine following a naval confrontation in the Kerch Strait and Russia's arrest of several Ukrainian sailors.

Putin said it's the U.S., not Russian Federation, that's aspiring to dominate the world. He accused his Ukrainian counterpart of provoking a naval standoff with Russian Federation to boost his electoral prospects.

On the Russian economy, Putin hailed another year of growth after a previous period of stagnation.

The Russian president noted Thursday that the nation's hard currency reserves have increased from $432 billion at the start of the year to $464 billion now. 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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