"The world is underestimating the danger of nuclear war". A strong statement, issued by the press conference of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Tsar stressed that "the collapse of the international deterrence system", exacerbated by the US decision to exit the INF treaty, "increases uncertainty: if missiles arrive in Europe - warns - the West does not squeak if we react" .
The crucial passage of Putin's conference is obviously the issues related to geopolitics, the chess game with Europe and the United States, the military strategies on the border with Ukraine, and the role played by Moscow in the balance in Syria and in everything. the Middle East. "The weapons of Russia - he explained - serve to maintain strategic parity, and if the missiles arrive in Europe then the West does not squeak if we react. But I trust that humanity will have enough common sense to avoid the worst ". "We are witnessing the collapse of the international deterrence system" and the danger of "global catastrophe" lies in the idea that it is taking hold in the West to "use low-power nuclear weapons". Putin stressed that "Russian superiority in missile defense is an element of deterrence in the global arms race". But the tendency to lower the acceptability threshold in low-powered nuclear weapons could lead to the global catastrophe that has been feared.
Superpowers. - Putin's stated goal, the long-cherished ambition, is to bring Russia into the club of the top five world economic powers, because the country has "the necessary forces" to do so. "We need to be among the first economic champions, we have the strengths to take fifth place in the world and I think we will do it," he said. Russia must make "a turning point, we must make a leap into technological innovation, otherwise our country has no future", he added. Russia currently ranks twelfth among the world's economies, according to a recent World Bank rankings.
SANCTIONS. The West agitates the specter of russophobia and sanctions "to contain the power of Russia", says Putin. "Nothing new, Russia has coexisted throughout its history, in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with some form of restrictions, just read the correspondence of diplomats," he added. "The Skripal case has served as a means of introducing other sanctions, but the Russian economy has now adapted to sanctions, which in some ways have also brought benefits".
IMPERIALISM. The accusation that Russia seeks world domination "is a cliché" propitiated to Western public opinion, and in particular to the countries that are part of the Atlantic Alliance so that they square. NATO needs an external enemy, and this enemy is Russia. We know well that the headquarters of those who really want to dominate the world are not in Moscow, but in Washington, just see the difference in military spending between Russia and the United States ". "Russia is worried by the American military presence in Japan, and by US plans to deploy new missiles in the Allied country. Moscow is negotiating to conclude a peace agreement with Tokyo, never signed since the end of the Second World War because of the dispute over the Kuril Islands, occupied by the Red Army at the end of the conflict and still claimed by Japan ".
Ideologies. The return of socialism to Russia is "impossible", the Tsar said, answering a question about nostalgia towards the Soviet Union. That said, Putin said that "elements of the socialist model" are useful, and in the national intervention plan launched by the government "this policy is being pursued". "The problem is that at the time of socialism, state spending exceeded revenues, and this is not good".
ESPIONAGE. The cases of Russian spies arrested or reported in the West are aimed at "containing Russia". Putin rejects to the sender the accusations made in the Kremlin on the alleged unreasonable use of intelligence resources abroad. The head of the Kremlin has referred directly to two cases: the poisoning with a nerve agent of former double-eyed spy Serghei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, in Salisbury, and the condemnation of Maria Butina in the United States for acting as a foreign agent in an illegal way. "I do not understand - he reiterated - what guilty Butina can be guilty of: he did not hold any office for the Russian government and there are no grounds for the accusations". "If there had not been the Skripal, something else would have been invented," he continued. "There is only one purpose behind this: to contain the development of Russia as a possible rival".