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Putin Repeats Threats in Final Presidential Address

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Putin Repeats Threats in Final Presidential Address

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Putin Repeats Threats in Final Presidential Address

Putin Repeats Threats in Final Presidential Address

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Russian bombers have been buzzing U.S. aircraft carriers in the past few days, and Moscow is threatening to point missiles at European countries. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has called recent statements from Moscow "reprehensible." But in Moscow on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin repeated his threats in his final annual news conference as president.

On Tuesday, he startled Western leaders when he said Russia could train its nuclear missiles on Ukraine if it joined the NATO military alliance.