Fancy Cuban Missile Crisis #2? I'm ready - Putin

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Published on February 21, 2019 - Duration: 01:16s

Fancy Cuban Missile Crisis #2? I'm ready - Putin

President Vladimir Putin says Russia is militarily ready for a Cuban Missile-style crisis if the United States is foolish enough to want one and that his country would have the edge if it came to a nuclear strike.

Lauren Anthony reports.

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Fancy Cuban Missile Crisis #2? I'm ready - Putin

President Vladimir Putin says Russia is ready for a Cuban Missile-style crisis -- should the U.S. be foolish enough to want one.

In comments made Wednesday, he added that Russia would militarily have the edge when it comes to a first nuclear strike.

That, following his warning in an annual address that Moscow will match any U.S. move to deploy new missiles closer to Russia.

His retaliatory options include stationing arms closer to the States, and deploying faster weapons -- such as hypersonic missiles on ships and submarines, which could lurk outside U.S. waters if Washington deployed intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe.

The Cuban Missile Crisis erupted in 1962, when Moscow sent ballistic missiles to Cuba, in response to a U.S. missile deployment in Turkey.

It sparked a tense stand off, and left the world teetering on the edge of nuclear war.

More than five decades on, there are fears that history could repeat, as an arms-control pact from the Cold War unravels.

Washington says Putin's warning is propaganda, aimed at diverting attention away from what it claims are Moscow's violations of the INF treaty.

That agreement banned Russia and the U.S. from stationing certain land-based missiles in Europe.

But both parties recently quit the pact, opening the door to a potential new arms race.

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