Despite President Donald Trump's recent criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin's “irresponsible” showing off of new “invincible” nuclear weapons, Putin spoke seemingly well of Trump in a state media documentary published online Wednesday.
But Trump's Russian counterpart was far less friendly toward the U.S. system of government.
Russian President Vladimir Putin praised Donald Trump as a willing partner as he lashed out at the U.S. for what he described as its “unpredictable” behavior, warning there’s no guarantee Moscow’s Cold War rival wouldn’t resort to nuclear weapons.
“I’m not disappointed with my opposite number, I’m increasingly disappointed with the system itself” in the U.S., Putin said in a documentary produced by state television released online on Wednesday. “It’s showing its ineffectiveness, it’s devouring itself. Dealing with a system like this is very difficult because it’s unpredictable.”
Putin also noted that the U.S. is the only country ever to have deployed nuclear weapons, asking, "Where’s the guarantee that it won’t happen again?”
Russia would only use nuclear bombs in response to an attack that threatened its existence, he said. “For the world it will be a global catastrophe.”
In that case, “as the leader of Russia, I have the right to ask the question, why do we need such a world if there’s no Russia?”
For now, Putin sees both Russia and China as stepping up to the global plate, saying such rising powers “feel their responsibility grow with their strength”
What of the U.S.?
“And those who inevitably will have to move from the top position on the pedestal should do that with dignity, understanding and without hysteria.”