Sorry. I’m worried. I’ve not had time to learn to trust Russia. I’ve had too many years learning to distrust Bush.
The BBC quotes Putin. He’s saying other countries were spending far more than Russia on new weapons.
“It is already clear that a new phase in the arms race is unfolding in the world.” but Russia would always respond to the challenges of a new arms race by developing more hi-tech weaponry.
“We have still not seen any real steps towards finding a compromise. In effect, we are forced to retaliate, to take corresponding decisions. Russia has, and always will have, responses to these new challenges.”
Mr Putin said.
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Referring to Nato’s activities in Central and Eastern Europe, Mr Putin said “there are many discussions on these, but… ” he said.