Vladimir Putin vows to target US and Europe with nukes if Donald Trump deploys intermediate range missiles to EU

RUSSIA will point its nuclear weapons at the US if Donald Trump deploys intermediate-range missiles to Europe, President Vladimir Putin has warned.

He said he will target the US itself and any host countries if there is any deployment of nukes in Europe.

During his annual address to parliament, Putin said Russia is not seeking confrontation but has made his position crystal clear.

It comes after the breakdown of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty between Washington and Moscow earlier this month.

Putin added he will not take the first step to deploy missiles because the agreement has collapsed but ensured he would retaliate – his toughest remarks yet hinting to a potential arms race.

He told Russia's elite: "It's their right to think how they want. But can they count?

"I'm sure they can. Let them count the speed and the range of the weapons systems we are developing.

"Let them count, and then after that take the decisions which could create additional threats for our country.

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