Vladimir Putin warns on rising nuclear war threat after US pullout from arms treaties, says could lead to 'destruction of civilisation'
Speaking at his annual news conference, Putin warned that "it could lead to the destruction of civilization as a whole and maybe even our planet." The Russian leader added that even though a nuclear conflict now seems impossible to most, the danger is close and real. "We are witnessing the breakup of the arms control system," he said.
India not guaranteed US sanctions waiver for purchasing Russian missiles, says top Pentagon official
The United States has imposed sweeping sanctions on Russia, under which any country engaged with its defense and intelligence sectors could face secondary US sanctions. However, a new defense bill gives the president the authority to grant waivers in case of national security interests.
After James Comey has been asked to testify over alleged Russian interference, Trump's former campaign adviser will now testify over the same issue.
The US has played down Russian reports that already tense ties between the old foes have plunged to chilly new lows.
Russia expects the new US administration not to repeat past mistakes of its predecessors who destroyed Russian-US relations, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Thursday.