The journalist of the Wall Street Journal during a press conference asked the Russian President about how he relates to the words of the elected President of Donald trump about the need for the U.S. to increase significantly its nuclear capabilities.
Putin said that in the statement of trump is not unusual, because during his election campaign, a Republican, made statements about the need to strengthen the armed forces of the United States.
The President recalled that at yesterday’s meeting in the defense Ministry he talked about the strengthening of the nuclear triad, and that Russia is stronger than any “potential aggressor”. According to the President, “the aggressor is the one who potentially could attack the Russian Federation”, and Russia is stronger than the aggressor such because of a combination of reasons, not the least of which is the modernization of the nuclear missile potential of the country, RVSN (strategic rocket forces), located on land, as well as missiles on strategic submarines.
Putin stressed that Russia acts in strict compliance with all international agreements, including in the framework of the start-3 Treaty.
USA in 2001, as Putin said, unilaterally withdrew from the ABM Treaty, and Russia is forced to develop your “shock weapons” to protect themselves after a break up these agreements.
According to him, the Russian nuclear triad today is much more effective American missile defense system deployed in Europe.
Earlier, trump wrote on his Twitter page that the United States should substantially strengthen and expand its nuclear capacity at least until such time until the world will reconsider their attitude to these weapons. Later, the trump representative Jason Miller explained that the President-elect was referring to the threat of nuclear proliferation and the need to prevent it, including among terrorist organizations.