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Born Oct. 7, 1952, in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg. Prez warned that Russia has the weapons to destroy any enemy, including the United States, if its own existence is threatened, assuring Washington underestimates Moscow's nuclear power , reports BTA.

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"American politicians, caught in the trap of their own propaganda, remain confident that in the event of a direct conflict with Russia, the United States is capable of launching a pre-emptive missile strike, after which Russia will no longer be able to respond. This is short-sighted nonsense and is very dangerous," the influential Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, Nikolai Patrushev, told the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper today.

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"Russia is patient and does not scare anyone with its military advantage. However, it has modern unique weapons, capable of destroying any adversary, including the United States, in the event of a threat to its existence," Patrushev said.

Russia said one of the reasons it sent tens of thousands of troops to Ukraine last February in what it called a "special military operation" was to counter a perceived security threat posed by Kiev's rapprochement with the from the US defense alliance NATO.

Since then, Russia has accused the West, without providing evidence, of making nuclear threats against it, and has spoken of its readiness to use nuclear weapons in extreme circumstances if the very existence of the Russian state is threatened.

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