17 March, 03:40

US lives in fear of Russia, afraid of being turned in 'radioactive ash' - Russian TV anchor

US lives in fear of Russia, afraid of being turned in 'radioactive ash' - Russian TV anchor

A leading anchor on Russian state television on Sunday described Russia as the only country capable of turning the United States into "radioactive ash", in a comment at the height of tensions over the Crimea referendum. "Russia is the only country in the world realistically capable of turning the United States into radioactive ash," anchor Dmitry Kiselyov said on his weekly news show on Rossiya 1 television.

Kiselyov made the comment to support his argument that the United States and President Barack Obama were living in fear of Russia led by President Vladimir Putin amid the Ukraine crisis. His programme was broadcast as the first exit polls were being published showing an overwhelming majority of Crimeans voting to join Russia.

"Americans themselves consider Putin to be a stronger leader than Obama," he said."Why is Obama phoning Putin all the time and talking to him for hours on end?" he asked.

Voice of Russia, AFP

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