Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a wreath-laying ceremony at the Eternal Flame and the Unknown Soldier’s Grave in the Alexander Garden during an event marking Defender of the Fatherland Day in Moscow on February 23, 2023. Putin told Russian state media channel Rossiya-1 that Russia will “take into account” the “nuclear potentials” of NATO countries. © Mikhail Metzel / Sputnik/AFP
Newsweek: Putin Says Russia Has to Take NATO ‘Nuclear Potential’ Into Account
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow must “take into account” the “nuclear potential” of NATO countries like the U.K. and France, as well as the U.S., after freezing a key nuclear arms control agreement.
Speaking to Russian state media channel Rossiya-1, or Russia-1, Putin said “all the leading NATO countries have declared their main goal to inflict a strategic defeat on us, so that our people suffer.”
Putin then asked state media host Pavel Zarubin, according to a readout from state news agency Tass: “Under these conditions, how can we not take into account their nuclear potential?”
On February 21, Putin announced in an annual address to lawmakers that he was suspending Russia’s participation in the new START nuclear arms reduction treaty.
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Update #1: Putin: will ‘take into account’ NATO’s nuclear capability (AP)
Update #2: Putin: Russia can’t ignore NATO’s nukes, West wants to liquidate Moscow (Reuters)
WNU Editor: You might as well add China to the mix. Something that US nuclear arms control experts have been calling for years.