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HomerussiaPutin spotted in China with nuclear briefcase nearby in rare footage: report

Putin spotted in China with nuclear briefcase nearby in rare footage: report

Video of Russian President Vladimir Putin released Wednesday shows him arriving in China with what appears to be the so-called nuclear “football,” which he can use to order a nuclear strike. 

“This is not a coincidence,” Rebekah Koffler, president of Doctrine & Strategy Consulting and a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer, told Fox News Digital.

“The Kremlin almost certainly deliberately orchestrated the filming of Putin’s version of the ‘nuclear football’ – which is almost never done — and had the Russian media, which the Kremlin controls, highlight the fact that ‘certain suitcases’ always accompany the Russian president on trips,” she said. 

Putin visited China at a time when he needed to drum up more support for his cause at home as his invasion of Ukraine drags on, having lasted 20 months longer than the roughly two weeks his advisors suggested necessary to capture Kyiv and then take control of the country. 

“There’s a lot of uncertainly with the Israel-Hamas conflict now and the risk of a broader war in the Middle East erupting is increasing, dragging in Iran, the U.S., Russia, etc, so Putin is reminding the West that nukes are Russia’s ultimate strategic deterrent.”

Russia’s parliament took the first step on Tuesday toward revoking ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, and its top lawmaker warned the United States that Moscow might even abandon the pact altogether, Reuters reported. 

Reuters contributed to this report. 

Peter Aitken is a Fox News Digital reporter with a focus on national and global news. 

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