Putin doesn't respect US leadership, says Trump

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Putin doesn't respect US leadership, says Trump

The former president said that the US was respected like never before under his own leadership.

Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn't respect American leadership anymore and shows that lack of respect by talking about nuclear weapons all the time, former US President Donald Trump has complained.

Trump spoke at a rally in Nebraska on Sunday and said that America was strong, America was respected, like maybe never before, unlike Joe Biden's administration. He said that the leaders of other countries don't return the phone calls of the President of the United States, referring to March reports that the leaders of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates refused to arrange calls with Biden to discuss surging oil prices.

Trump said Biden has no idea what is going on, referring to a recent incident in which the 79-year-old Biden appeared to offer a handshake with no one there to receive it. Putin, on the other hand, talks about nuclear weapons all the time, Trump said.

Trump claimed that nobody had talked about nuclear weapons before. Trump said that his administration totally rebuilt its nuclear arsenal because others were doing the same, because you don't talk about nuclear weapons, you just don't talk about it.

Putin talks only about it now because he doesn't respect the US leadership, Trump said.

Russia s attack on Ukraine happened due to US weakness and incompetence under Biden, as a result of a hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan last year, he said.

Putin warned outside forces against interfering in the Ukrainian conflict last week, and promised a lightning-speed response to any such action with the use of Moscow's most advanced weaponry. He said that the Russian authorities had already made all the necessary decisions to prepare for such a response.

In a recent interview, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that when Trump was president, Moscow tried to persuade him to recommit to the 1987 statement by US and Soviet leaders that there can be no winners in a war, and that such a war should never be fought. While the Trump administration declined to do so, Joe Biden quickly agreed with Moscow, Lavrov said.

He added that in recent months the situation has deteriorated to the point where there is a real threat of nuclear war.

In late February, a few days after launching a military attack on Ukraine, the Russian president ordered the country s nuclear forces to be put on high combat alert, citing illegitimate sanctions against Russia and aggressive statements by Western officials.

Russia sent troops to Ukraine in late February, after Kiev didn't implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow's eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German and French Minsk Protocol was designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

The Kremlin has demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join NATO. Kiev insists that the Russian offensive was unprovoked and has denied that it was planning to retake the two republics by force.