Business Insider: Putin once casually said over dinner that he could destroy America in a half-hour or less
In December 2011, Vladimir Putin, then Russia's prime minister, was positioned to reclaim his role as Russia's president in the March 2012 elections.
Fittingly, he hosted a lavish banquet at New Century, Moscow's richest equestrian club, for members of the Valdai Club and distinguished academics and journalists from around the world.
"The fare was extravagant: smoked trout, duck liver, venison soup, rhubarb sorbet, veal cheeks, and pear soup with caramel," according to Douglas Schoen and Melik Kaylan, authors of "The Russia-China Axis."
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WNU Editor: The same can be said about the U.S. and what it could do to Russia in 30 minutes. I always get a chill when American or Soviet/Russian leaders talk like this. But Putin is right that if it was not for Russia's nuclear arsenal .... the U.S. would not be paying any attention to Moscow.