Vladimir Putin Politely Reminds The West That Russia Has 5,000 Nuclear Warheads via Inquisitr

Vladimir Putin may be looking for a wider conflict than the one he is involved in in the Ukraine at the moment, as the Russian President postures to show that his country is the biggest and strongest superpower, at least militarily speaking, in the world.

During some lunchtime banter between Putin and his counterpart from New Zealand, Prime Minister John Key, at an international summit earlier in the year, the two world leaders joked, if that’s even possible, about nuclear war.

As Key recalled, according to a Sydney Morning Herald report, he joked with Putin and the Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, asking him, “How long would it take a missile to get out from Moscow to NZ?”

Medvedev replied, “Don’t worry, I’ll let you know before it happens.”

That was probably the last time world leaders spoke about a nuclear war in jest, as the reality of that possibility has changed on the ground over the last few months.

As Putin finds himself at loggerheads with the West, following his invasion of the Ukraine, he has mentioned Russia’s 5,000 nuclear warheads on at least three occasions recently, and by all accounts, he wasn’t joking.

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