US military the most powerful in world, not trying to dispute it: Vladimir Putin
In a news conference held in Moscow on Friday Putin said he was surprised by the fracas on Trump's tweet and how it had been linked to his own statements about modernising Russia's nuclear arsenal
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said that he did not dispute that the US military was the world's most powerful and the US president-elect Donald Trump's remarks about the need to boost his country's nuclear arms capability was perfectly normal.
The Republican on Thursday called for an expansion of US's nuclear capabilities, in a tweet that made a hostility among non-proliferation advocates who claimed that a boost to the US arsenal could fuel tensions.
In a news conference held in Moscow on Friday, Putin said he was surprised by the fracas on Trump's tweet and how it had been linked to his own statements about modernising Russia's nuclear arsenal.
He said on Thursday that Russia's military was “stronger than any potential aggressor.” And Putin made clear on Friday that he did not regard the US as a potential aggressor.
“I was a bit surprised by the statements from some representatives of the current US administration who for some reason started to prove that the US military was the most powerful in the world,” said the Russian president. “Nobody is arguing with that.”
He also said Trump's remarks about overhauling US nuclear forces was "nothing special."
“He (Trump) spoke during his election campaign about the need to beef up the US nuclear arsenal and the armed forces,” said Putin.