Putin is rattling Russia's saber, making a lot of noise for the benefit of his own public standing. There were a few things he said that I found interesting.
During a lengthy dinner, Russia's President defended his semi-authoritarian style and insisted he is the world's only true democrat...You can't be a democracy without a free media, Vladimir. And I'm still not convinced that this is the end of Putin's reign.
...But [Russia] has also become more authoritarian, with most independent media shut down or placed under state control, dissident activities heavily curtailed and political opposition kept to the margins.
Vladimir Putin said that Russia intends to aim its missile systems - potentially nuclear weapons - at targets in Europe in retaliation for the U.S. decision to establish antimissile bases there.How does one go about "aiming" nuclear warheads? I presume it isn't a matter of pointing them with cross-hairs?