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22 December, 2018

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The annual event, the 14th of its kind, is used by Putin to burnish his leadership credentials and send messages to foreign allies and foes.

"If the United States chose to withdraw its force, then this would be right", he said, while also claiming that USA forces impeded Russia's efforts at a peace resolution.

The Russian leader scoffed at the allegations, rejecting them as part of a smear campaign driven by domestic policy in the USA and elsewhere in the West.

Putin said holding another referendum was risky.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of a "nuclear catastrophe" if the U.S. stations new missiles in Europe after going ahead with a threat to pull out of a landmark 1987 arms control treaty.

Both sides have noted that other countries remain free to develop weapons banned under the treaty, and the United States has in particular raised concerns about China with US National Security Advisor John Bolton warning Moscow that Chinese missiles have the capability to strike the Russian heartland.

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"What will happen after a peace agreement is signed, we don't know".

Putin, who said Russia's own relations with Britain were deadlocked but that Moscow was interested in improving them, characterized Brexit as an example where Western democracy was starting to show cracks.

"We've beaten them and we've beaten them badly". He also cited the unsafe tendency of lowering the threshold for using nuclear weapons and the idea of using ballistic missiles with conventional warheads.

But though Putin criticized Washington, he made clear that he still hoped to meet Trump sometime soon, saying it was important the two leaders discussed issues such as arms control.

Putin won a landslide re-election victory in March, giving him six more years in power.

"The U.S. base on Okinawa has been there for decades now".


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