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Russia was prepared for nuclear standoff over Crimea: Putin

Russia was prepared for nuclear standoff over Crimea: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was ready to put his country's nuclear forces on alert when he annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula last year in case of intervention by the U.S. and its allies. In a documentary about Russia's takeover of Crimea, which aired Sunday on state television, Putin was asked if the Kremlin had been prepared to place its nuclear forces on alert. "We were ready to do that," Putin replied. The Russian leader said he warned the U.S. and Europe not to get involved, accusing them of engineering the ouster of Russian-backed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. "That's why I think no one wanted to start a world...

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