Vladimir Putin has warned this decade will be the most dangerous since the end of the Second World War.
The Russian tyrant also hinted at peace talks in the Ukraine war despite saying the West was playing a “dangerous, bloody and dirty” game, The Sun reports.
Fears are growing that Putin, 70, could detonate a nuke as Moscow continues to wildly swing its nuclear sabre.
It comes as Putin watched on as a barrage of ballistic and cruise missiles was fired as Moscow simulated a huge strike on the West.
In his rambling speech, Putin said the coming decade will be the “most dangerous” since the end of World War II.
“Ahead is probably the most dangerous, unpredictable and at the same time important decade since the end of the Second World War,” he said.
He went on to allege that the “West of has taken several steps towards escalation and they are always trying to escalate”.
“They’re fuelling the war in the Ukraine, organising politicians around Taiwan, destabilising the world food and energy markets.”
But he also hinted he was open to peace talks with the West.
“Either we continue accumulating the burden of problems that is said to crush all of us or we can work together to find solutions functional if imperfect ones solutions capable of rendering our world more stable and safer.
“The crisis has taken on a truly global magnitude. It affects everyone and we should not enter into any illusions, humanity is essentially faced with two options.”
Putin has repeatedly raised the spectre of using the weapons – and it’s feared he could potentially be lining up a test in the Black Sea.
He also had a dig at western democracy in his speech to the Valdai Discussion Club think-tank closely associated with him.
“It’s been characteristic of them since the colonial times because they think everyone is substandard, whereas only they belong to the elite.
“As far as the last one is concerned, it was not deliberate, we don’t doubt that, it was due to systemic errors.”
A top Russian military expert has claimed Russian forces were rehearsing wiping Britain and the US off the map in chilling nuke drills.
Colonel Igor Korotchenko, editor-in-chief of Russia’s National Defence magazine, said the exercises were to practice obliterating Britain and the US in retaliatory strikes if Russia was hit by nuclear attacks.
He said the UK would be “swallowed up” by the Atlantic Ocean, while in place of the US would be a “sea strait named after Comrade Stalin”.
Video released by the Russian-military run Zvezda website of Wednesday’s drills showed armed forces personnel in front of computers launching a Yars ballistic missile.
Other footage showed a Sineva intercontinental ballistic missile being fired from a submarine in the Barents Sea and a TU-95 bomber that launched cruise missiles.
The Kremlin said that all tasks set for the exercise were fulfilled and all the missiles that were test-fired reached their designated targets.
Putin observed the annual exercise remotely as Russia rehearsed its response to a nuclear attack.
It comes after a US official warned of “troubling developments” involving Russia’s nuclear arsenal.
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