Russia: We will ensure security without being drawn into arms race — Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on international security treaties in Moscow, Thursday, stating that Russia will seek to avoid being drawn into an arms race. The statements were made at his annual press conference at the World Trade Centre. «We did not leave the fundamental treaties that were a cornerstone of international security. We did not withdraw from the ABM Treaty,» he said... Еще. He added that on the contrary the US «withdrew unilaterally.» «We understand what certain actions can lead to. We will ensure our security without being drawn into an arms race,» stated the Russain president. The event is Putin’s 13th press conference and is being held in a live question and answer format. Among the accredited Russian and foreign media outlets are AFP, Bloomberg, Xinhua News Agency, CNN and the Guardian. Reporters from regional press outlets, such as Unknown Siberia and Arkhyz 24, will also have a chance to ask questions. Last year 1,437 journalists were accredited for the event, with 48 of them managing to ask their questions. Putin answered 67 questions last year. This year 1,640 Russian and foreign journalists have been accredited. The 2008 press conference is still the longest ever — at four hours 40 minutes. Putin answered 106 questions during that event. The second longest presser was in 2012, lasting four hours 33 min.

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