FAST FIVE: Russia "Prepared For Another Cuban Missile Crisis", Putin Warns US

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Russia is militarily ready for a “Cuban Missile-style crisis” President Putin said late on Wednesday, commenting on nuclear first strike capability amidst growing tensions with the US.

The remarks were given to Russian media following a prior speech wherein he warned Moscow will match any attempt by the US to station intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe in the wake of the now collapsing INF treaty.

Plus they are not stationary, they move and they will have to find them,” Putin said, according to a Kremlin transcript.

Mach nine [the speed of the missiles] and over 1,000 km [their range],” he boasted of the Kremlin's latest claimed capabilities.  He urged an easing of tensions after last week the Russian Foreign Ministry left the door open for talks to rescue the INF treaty as well as extend the New START nuclear reduction treaty, set to expire in 2021.

That's for sure,” according to Reuters.  In the past weeks Russia has emphasized it is open for talks but will not continue to knock on closed doors, referencing the White House's pulling out of the INF while blaming Russia for long being in violation of the Reagan-era treaty. .

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