‘I am ready for a new Cuban Missile Crisis if you want one’: Putin threatens Trump with a return to the Cold War confrontation that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war

Thursday, February 21, 2019
By Paul Martin

Putin is ready for Cuban Missile-style crisis if Trump is foolish enough to want it
Said his missiles could reach the US faster that theirs could hit Moscow
Comes after he hit out at America over its withdrawal from key arms control pact
Warned Russia will target weapons at US should it deploy new missiles in Europe
The 66-year-old also said Russia will deploy a new hypersonic missile for its navy
Putin made remarks during his annual state of the nation address this morning

21 February 2019

Vladimir Putin has said that Russia is militarily ready for a Cuban Missile-style crisis – if Donald Trump is is ‘foolish’ enough to want one – and that his missiles could reach the US faster that theirs could hit Moscow.

Putin has said he does not want an arms race with the United States, but that he would have no choice but to act if Washington deployed new missiles in Europe, some of which he says would be able to strike Moscow within ten to 12 minutes.

The Cuban Missile Crisis erupted in 1962 when Moscow responded to a U.S. missile deployment in Turkey by sending ballistic missiles to Cuba, sparking a standoff that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war.

More than five decades on, tensions are rising again over Russian fears that the United States might deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe as a landmark Cold war-era arms control treaty unravels.

Putin said his naval response to such a move would mean Russia could strike the United States faster than U.S. missiles deployed in Europe could hit Moscow because the flight time would be shorter.

‘It (the calculation) would not be in their favor, at least as things stand today. That’s for sure.’ said Putin.

Relations between Moscow and Washington were strained, he added, but the tensions were not comparable to those of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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