Putin: Russia has nuclear weapons impossible to intercept
Mar 02 2018 by Lorena Waters
The Pentagon said Thursday the USA was "not surprised" by the new nuclear missile systems disclosed Thursday by Russian President Vladimir Putin and said "the American people should rest assured that we are fully prepared".
In a speech that ran nearly two hours, Putin showed tests of a new missile system that he said could fly at 20 times the speed of sound and maneuver up and down, and is not owned by any other country. After accusing the West of ignoring Russia, Mr. Putin, standing in front of spectacular videos and colourful graphics in the impressive hall, thundered: "Nobody listened to us".
Addressing Russian lawmakers, Putin also said that Russia had restored its domestic air defence systems. "No one has managed to restrain Russian Federation".
Russian President Vladimir Putin'sclaim to have developed a new generation of missile that is impervious to any Western shield has highlighted a gap in America's already imperfect missile-defence network.
SC senator Lindsey Graham described the remarks as "bluster by Putin for domestic purposes". Moreover, Russia's aggressive foreign policy has alarmed even the most forthcoming North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, such as those in Scandinavia, which are now beginning to significantly increase their capabilities and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation collaboration. "Mutually assured destruction is alive and well".
A Putin victory in the presidential vote would put him on track to become Russia's longest-serving leader since Josef Stalin. "And I've said that, I'll move on". The views expressed in this commentary are her own.
Putin said any use of nuclear weapons against Russian Federation or its allies will be regarded as an attack on Russian Federation and draw an immediate response.
"I think it's silly".
He said the new weapons would help ensure global stability and draw a line under attempts to weaken Russian Federation.
The Kremlin has also refuted the allegations of meddling with Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov calling such claims groundless.
The other weapons unveiled by Putin, such as underwater nuclear drones, leave Nichols baffled and amused.
"For my part, I will note that all work to strengthen Russia's defense capability has been carried out within the framework of existing arms control agreements".
Putin said the new ICBM accelerates faster than its predecessor, making it harder for enemy to intercept it in its most vulnerable phase after the launch.
Russian Federation annexed Ukraine's Crimea province, provided military assistance to anti-government forces in eastern Ukraine, used its air force to prop up Syrian President Bashar Assad and has unwelcome troops stationed in Moldova and Georgia. "We have never had any plans to use this potential for offensive, let alone aggressive goals".
But the Russian President's bravado about his military also comes less than a month before Russian presidential elections and strike many analysts as a campaign gambit, along with promises to increase pensions, pull more people out of poverty, and enact more democratic reforms.