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Putin sends strong warning to U.S., allies in speech

Putin sends strong warning to U.S., allies in speech

Vladimir Putin has sent a strong warning to the US and Western powers in a speech at Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs meeting Friday after the US and Ukraine signed a 10-year security deal.

The “selfishness and hypocrisy of Western countries” has led to a “dangerous turn of events” and we have “come close to a point of no return”, Putin said.

Speaking at a meeting with Russian foreign ministry officials, the Kremlin leader issued the ominous warning as he accused Washington of undermining global security because of its exit from arms pacts.

He also said the West’s theft of Russian assets would “not remain unpunished”.

“Washington has unilaterally withdrawn from various arms control treaties,” he said.

“At the end of the day, the selfishness and hypocrisy of Western countries led to a dangerous turn of events and we have come close to a point of no return.

“They wanted to inflict a strategic defeat on Russia despite its nuclear arsenals this is what the Western policy is all about.

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“They either fail to understand the threats they create or simply believe in their impunity and exclusive nature. Both can lead to tragedies.”

In 2019, the US formally withdrew from a key nuclear treaty with Russia.

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) was signed by former US president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987 and banned missiles with ranges between 310-3,400 miles.

But the US pulled out of it, claiming it undermined its national security interests.

And then in 2023, Russia suspended its participation in the 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with the US, which caps the number of strategic nuclear warheads that the US and Russia can deploy.

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