Moscow — Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to deploy new missiles against Western capitals as he delivered a state of the nation address on Wednesday aimed at boosting falling approval ratings. But while he took a combative tone with the West, he reached out to Russians with promises of improved living conditions. The longtime Russian leader warned Washington against deploying any new missiles in Europe after the collapse of a key Cold War-era treaty, saying Moscow would consider it a “serious threat”. “I’m saying this clearly and openly, Russia will be forced to deploy weapons that can be used … against the decision-making centres that are behind the missile systems which threaten us,” Putin said. The US and Russia raised fears of a new arms race when they announced earlier in 2019 they were pulling out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, a 1987 deal that limited medium-range missiles. Washington was the first to announce its withdrawal, accusing Moscow...

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