Vladimir Putin responded to Barack Obama's remarks about Russia's status of a regional power. As Putin said, this is his opinion, just like the opinion about the exceptionalism of the American nation.
"Attempts to discuss other countries in a derogatory fashion is an attempt to prove one's exceptionalism," Putin said. According to the Russian president, calling Russia a regional power is erroneous.
Commenting on Obama's remarks, Putin said that he wanted to know what region exactly the US president had in mind as Russia is a country of a vast territory.
The Russian Armed Forces must be prepared that NATO military exercises may unfold on "unfavorable development" scenario, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu stated