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Putin Backs Trump After Debate Victory: Ukraine in Focus

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that Russia is taking former U.S. President Donald Trump’s remarks about ending the war in Ukraine seriously.

According to Bloomberg News, on the 4th, Putin made this remark at a press conference of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) held in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Putin said, “I don’t know how he will carry this out,” but added, “I have no doubt that he says it sincerely, and we support it.”

Putin mentioned watching last week’s TV debate between Trump and President Joe Biden but did not make specific comments. However, as the TV debate ended with Trump’s landslide victory, there was a lot of interest in Putin’s remarks.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also mentioned Putin the previous day. In a Bloomberg interview, Zelenskyy said, “We want to understand whether in November we will have the powerful support of the US, or will be all alone,” and “I’m tentatively ready to meet Trump and hear the proposals his team makes.”

Meanwhile, Putin mentioned that Russia could resume the production of medium—and short-range ground-based missiles, which were banned by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) that the U.S. withdrew in 2019. The INF was a treaty that prohibited the production of ground-based missiles ranging from 500 to 5500 km (approximately 311 to 3418 miles), signed by the U.S. and the Soviet Union in 1988.

Putin asserted that Russia needs to begin producing specific attack systems and determine their deployment locations to enhance safety in conflict situations. He noted that the U.S. is producing similar missile systems and deployed them in Europe for training. Putin also emphasized that if any actions threaten Russia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, the country reserves the right to use all available means.

Daniel Kim
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