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Posted December 21, 2018

Russian President Putin speaks during his annual news conference in Moscow, Dec. 20, 2018.

"These are serious questions, and it's a real shame that there's a tendency to underestimate them", Putin continued, according to Reuters.

On the USA threat to quit the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces treaty, Putin also said: "We are essentially witnessing the breakdown of the worldwide arms control order and (the start of) an arms race".

Putin on Tuesday denied his country was in violation of the agreement, but said it had developed powerful airborne and sea-based cruise missiles and could easily roll out land-based missiles if Washington walked away from the pact.

Any such inspections - if they were to happen - should not be unilateral but should take place in both countries, he added.

He noted that the USA also appears to show little interest in extending the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty, which expires in 2021.

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United States officials say the withdrawal from the INF was prompted by Russian violations of the treaty.

"There is a trend of lowering the threshold" of using nuclear weapons, Putin said. Meanwhile, if something like it occurs, God forbid, it can lead to the death of the whole civilization and, maybe, our planet. As Putin was speaking, Trump tweeted that Russia was among those countries that are "not happy about the USA leaving" because they will have to fight Islamic State alone, but the Russian president didn't address that.

Russian President Vladimir said it's the USA, not Russia, that's aspiring to dominate the world.

Faced with a rather provocative question from the WSJ Moscow Bureau Chief, Ann Maria Simmons, Putin said that "when it comes to ruling the world we know very well where the headquarters [of those], who are trying to do exactly that", is located.

The Russian president has criticized the United States' threats to pull out of a Cold War era treaty that bans short and medium range ballistic missiles.

He insisted that a Russian woman in USA custody has not carried out any mission for the Russian government, even though she pleaded guilty earlier this month to acting as a covert agent of the government.

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

Russia's president also accused the USA of having world domination on its mind.

He showed no sign of backing down from Russia's stance on Ukraine, accusing his Ukrainian counterpart of provoking a naval standoff with Russian Federation to boost his electoral prospects.

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

It is pertinent to note here that US President Donald Trump said Wednesday it was time for US troops to come home from Syria, after years of battling the Islamic State group in the war-wracked country.

The positive statistics follow a hard period in recent years when Russia's economy has suffered a combined blow of low oil prices and Western sanctions.

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"I don't understand what she could confess to since she was not carrying out any government assignments... whatever she said was under threat of 10 to 15 years in jail", Putin said.