Putin Says U.S. Syria Pullout `Right Thing to Do'

Putin earlier said Moscow would develop new missiles in response to US President Donald Trump's dramatic decision to drop the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty.

Putin also emphasized that the U.S.is pondering the use of ballistic missiles with conventional warheads, saying that the launch of such a missile could be mistaken for the launch of a nuclear-tipped one and trigger a global catastrophe.

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

"You aren't interested, you don't need it? Now they are taking another step and withdrawing from the INF Treaty, so what is going to come of that?"

The Russian leader added that even though a nuclear conflict now seems impossible to most, the danger is close and real.

Putin said that the USA announcement it will withdraw its troops from Syria is "the right thing to do" though he expressed skepticism about whether it will actually take place.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin has accused the United Kingdom and USA political classes of "disrespecting" the public by questioning the Brexit referendum and Donald Trump's election.

Butina pleaded guilty last Thursday in front of a USA federal judge to one count of conspiracy to act as a foreign agent.

Russian President Vladimir said it's the US not Russia that's aspiring to dominate the world
APRussian President Vladimir said it's the US not Russia that's aspiring to dominate the world

But the Russian president welcomed US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the US military from Syria, saying the country "has done the right thing".

Putin said the move, if it happened, would have unpredictable consequences. The pullout is also likely to strengthen Russia's role in Syria's future. "We will ensure our security; we know how to do it".

The UK is one of a number of Western countries that have enacted economic sanctions against Russia over its annexation of the Ukrainian territory of Crimea and the nerve agent attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in southern England.

Putin showed no sign of backing down from Russia's stance on Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the 10th BRICS Summit held in Sandton, Johannesburg. The Russian coast guard fired upon and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels and 24 seamen when they tried to sail from the Black Sea into the Sea of Azov in what United States and its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies condemned as unjustified use of force by Russia.

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

As in past years, Putin was asked about his health (he said he's feeling fine) and the possibility he might remarry ("As a decent person, I will have to do that sometime").

The Russian president noted 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.

  • Wendy Palmer