Russia’s Putin says threat of nuclear war should not be underestimated

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during annual news conference in Moscow, Russia December 20, 2018. Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that the threat of nuclear war should not be underestimated, but that he hoped that common sense would prevail.

Speaking at his annual news conference, Putin said it was hard to predict what the consequences would be of a U.S. withdrawal from the landmark Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty, signed in 1987.

Reporting by Polina Nikolskaya and Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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