Dmitry Kiselyov speaks in front of an image depicting nuclear extermination.
Dmitry Kiselyov speaks in front of an image depicting nuclear extermination.

We could turn US to radioactive dust, says Russian presenter

KREMLIN-backed television presenter has warned that Russia could turn the United States into "radioactive dust" in the wake of the Crimean referendum.

Dmitry Kiselyov, a leading TV personality on state-controlled Rossiya 1 television, made the incendiary comments on his weekly prime time news show last night as Crimea voted 'yes' to joining the Russian Federation.

"Russia is the only country in the world realistically capable of turning the United States into radioactive ash," Kiselyov said standing in front of a large screen depicting a mushroom cloud produced by a nuclear explosion.

He also added that President Vladimir Putin is a much stronger leader than Barack Obama, pointing to opinion polls on his screen, and Americans know it.

"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?"

Read more at The Independent


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