Putin, who is allied with Syria's Bashar al-Assad in opposing anti-regime forces, went on to question the legitimacy of the US presence there, since neither the installed government nor the United Nations requested American troops in the region. "We will have to ensure our security", he said.
UNIAN memo. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty, formally Treaty Between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the Elimination of Their Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles) is a 1987 arms control agreement between the United States and the Soviet Union (and later its successor state the Russian Federation).
"For mankind this is very bad, because it will take us to a unsafe point", Putin said, expressing concern about moves to lower the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons, including the United States decision to produce lower-yield missiles.
"As for ruling the world, we know where the headquarters trying to do that are located, and the place isn't Moscow", he said, noting that the Pentagon's annual budget of over $700 billion (U.S.) dwarfs Russia's defence spending of $46 billion. "If that happens, it could lead to the destruction of civilisation as a whole and maybe even our planet", he said. He accused his Ukrainian counterpart of provoking a naval standoff with Russian Federation to boost his electoral prospects. "She must enact the will of the people, expressed during the referendum". What will critics of this process say if and when they spit on Brexit and hold more referendums until such time as somebody is not unhappy. Putin said he was anxious that Washington didn't appear to be interested in discussing its future. "(But) nobody wants to implement it. They aren't recognising the results of elections.