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Friday, December 23, 2016

Putin Respects Strength Which Is The Reason He Respects Trump and Hates Obama



Putin shrugs off Trump's nuclear

 plans, says Democrats sore losers

Putin: U.S. Democrats trying to blame Russia for their election loss
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By Andrew Osborn and Vladimir Soldatkin | MOSCOW
Russia's Vladimir Putin said on Friday he was unfazed by President-elect
 Donald Trump's plans to boost the U.S. nuclear arsenal, praising Trump for 
being in touch with U.S. public opinion while branding the Democrats sore 
election losers.
Speaking at his annual news conference in Moscow, the Russian president
 said earlier comments he had made about his country's own military
 modernization had been misunderstood in the United States and that he accepted
 that the U.S. military, not Russia's, was the most powerful in the world.
Putin said on Thursday Russia's military was "stronger than any potential
 aggressor". Trump later tweeted that the United States "must greatly strengthen
 and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses
 regarding nukes."
Asked to clarify his comments on Friday, MSNBC reported that Trump had said:
 "Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all."
But Putin said he did not regard the United States as a potential aggressor and
 had
been talking about countries he thought might realistically launch an attack on
 Russia.
"I was a bit surprised by the statements from some representatives of the current
U.S. administration who for some reason started to prove that the U.S. military
was the most powerful in the world," Putin said, referring to State Department
comments from Thursday.
"Nobody is arguing with that."
Putin said he saw nothing new or remarkable about Trump's own statement
about wanting to expand U.S. nuclear capabilities anyway.
"In the course of his election campaign he (Trump) spoke about the necessity
of strengthening the U.S. nuclear arsenal, and strengthening the armed forces.
 There's nothing unusual here," said Putin.

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A screen, showing Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual end-of-year news conference, is on
 display in Simferopol, Crimea, December 23, 2016. REUTERS/Pavel Rebrov
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"If anyone is unleashing an arms race it's not us ... We will never spend resources
 on an arms race that we can't afford."
Trump's comments, made in a tweet, alarmed non-proliferation experts who said
 that a boost to the U.S. arsenal could fuel global tensions.
'SORE LOSERS'
The Russian leader, speaking in a news conference that lasted just under four
 hours, fielded questions on everything from Syria to the economy, Ukraine and
 sports doping.
But he only became really animated when talking about the United States,
launching a scathing attack on the Democrats.
He said they had forgotten the meaning of their own name and were sore losers.
"The current administration and the leadership of the Democratic Party are trying
to blame all their failures on external factors," said Putin.
"(We are talking about) a party which has clearly forgotten the original meaning
 of its own name. They (the Democrats) are losing on all fronts and looking
 elsewhere for things to blame. In my view this, how shall I say it, degrades
their own dignity. You have to know how to lose with dignity."
The Obama administration and U.S. intelligence officials have accused Russia
of trying to interfere with the U.S. election by hacking Democratic Party accounts.
 Information from those hacks was leaked online, causing political problems for
 Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Putin dismissed suggestions Moscow had helped Trump
 to victory in any way however.
"It's not like that," he said. "All of this (the accusations)
 speaks of the current administration's systemic problems."
Putin, who spoke positively of Trump before his election
 win, said that only Moscow had believed in his victory
however.
"Trump understood the mood of the people and kept going
 until the end, when nobody believed in him," Putin said,
adding with a smile. "Except for you and me."
Putin said he would be willing to visit the United States if Trump invited him and
expected U.S.-Russia ties to return to normal now, particularly in the security and
 economic spheres.
He was more cagey when it came to his own political future though, saying he
needed time before deciding whether he would run for president again in 2018.

"I will look at what's going on in the country, in the world," said Putin coyly,
calling a reporter who had asked him to provide reasons why people would want
 to vote for him again "a provocateur".
(Additional reporting by Katya Golubkova, Vladimir Soldatkin, Denis Pinchuk,
 Peter Hobson, Maria Kiselyova and Andrey Ostroukh, Gleb Stolyarov, Oksana
Kobzeva, Andrey Kuzmin, Anastasia Lyrchikova, Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by
Richard Balmforth)