Vladimir Putin In 2011: ‘Destroy America In Half An Hour’
President Vladimir Putin had once said over a lavish dinner that it only takes 30 minutes or less to destroy America. Back then, he was just the prime minister of Russia. Through the years, Moscow ramped up its military advancement. Just recently, the Russian president, for the first time, directly named the United States and NATO direct threats against his nation’s security.Advertisement
Back in 2011, when Mr. Putin was serving as the prime minister of Russia, he casually told colleagues over dinner that the U.S. can be destroyed in half-an-hour. According to Douglas Schoen and Melik Kaylan, author of the book “The Russia-China Axis,” Mr. Putin said the chilling remarks at a banquet hosted for Moscow’s richest equestrian club. “It would be a difficult to find a statement more revealing about Putin’s true position regarding the United States,” Schoen and Kaylan wrote as reported by the Business Insider.
Over wine, Mr. Putin highlighted his objections about U.S.’s plans to build a missile defense system in Eastern Europe. There were Americans present during the said dinner, to whom he said, “You ask me whether we are going to change. The ball is in your court. Will you change?” He then stressed that the U.S. had its eyes on Russia because it is the only country that could “destroy America in half an hour or less.”
“The Russia-China Axis” detailed the immense threat from Russia and China that could diminish and subvert America as top global power. The book chronicled how the two nations, used to be foes during the Cold War, found union in their geostrategic, political and economic interests.
Morning News USA had been closely watching the tensed relationship between U.S. and Russia. There had been words that war between these nations could trigger World War 3. Said war could be nuclear in nature that could annihilate civilizations.
Just recently, Mr. Putin directly named U.S. and NATO as the direct threats against Russia’s security. It came after an intelligence report from the U.S. Navy acknowledged Russia’s growing military prowess that in the coming days can undermine that of the U.S.