During his annual press conference, Russian president Vladimir Putin, addressed the statements made by President-elect Trump regarding the U.S nuclear arsenal and the Democratic opinion that Putin was involved in swaying the election for Trump.
Referring to his comment that Russia’s military was, “stronger than any potential aggressor,” Putin clarified that he was referring to countries he believed would realistically launch an attack on Russia.
Putin said that his statement was misunderstood and that he accepted that the United States military was the most powerful in the world.
“Nobody is arguing with that,” Putin stated.
“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.
Putin said that he did not consider the United States a potential threat.
After Putin’s statement regarding his military’s strength, President-elect Trump tweeted, “must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”
Putin praised Trump’s efforts for being in touch with the U.S. people and said that his tweet regarding the nuclear expansion was not anything remarkable.
“In the course of his election campaign he spoke about the necessity of strengthening the U.S. nuclear arsenal, and strengthening the armed forces. There’s nothing unusual here,” said Putin.
“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.”
Putin also went on to quickly claim that the Democrat’s were sore losers.
Becoming rather animated while discussing the Democrats and the recent election, Putin said, “The current administration and the leadership of the Democratic Party are trying to blame all their failures on external factors.”
“A party which has clearly forgotten the original meaning of its own name. They 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.”
Putin slammed Democrats further by saying that they forgot the meaning of their own name.
President Obama’s administration and other U.S. intelligence officials have accused Russia of interfering with the U.S. election by “hacking Democratic Party accounts.”
Reuters reported that, “Information from those hacks was leaked online, causing political problems for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.”
Putin quickly dismissed all claims that his country had a hand in the election stating, “It’s not like that. All of this (the accusations) speaks of the current administration’s systemic problems.”
Democrats blamed Russia for their November loss, as Putin spoke positively of Trump before his election win.
“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 told reporters that if Trump invited him, he would be willing to visit the United States. He also expressed that he believed that the U.S. – Russian relationship would return to normal.
The full conference can be seen below.
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