Putin railed against the journalists for their "tall tales" in blindly repeating lies and misinformation provided to them by the United States on its anti-ballistic missile systems being constructed in Eastern Europe. He pointed out that since the Iran nuclear deal, the claim the system is to protect against Iranian missiles has been exposed as a lie.
The journalists were informed that within a few years, Russia predicted the US would be able to extend the range of the system to 1000 km. At that point, Russia's nuclear potential, and thus the nuclear balance between the US and Russia, would be placed in jeopardy.
Putin completely lost patience with the journalists, berating them for lazily helping to accelerate a nuclear confrontation by repeating US propaganda. He virtually pleaded with the western media, for the sake of the world, to change their line:
The big problem is that if US war planners think they can win a nuclear exchange with Russia, using the missile shield to protect against a counter-strike, then they might actually try something. This could occur if we get a set of neocons in office, like we did during the Bush Administration, or someone like Hillary Clinton.
NATO missile defense goes live in Europe, isolating Russia not the goal – Stoltenberg
[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 11th, 2016.]
WOULDN'T IT BE NICE TO GET ALONG WITH RUSSIA?