Putin had talked up Russia's "invincible" nuclear weapons arsenal, including an animation that showed what was fairly obviously the Florida peninsula being attacked, and making clear Russian developments are meant to circumvent United States missile defenses.
Putin insisted the next generation weapons would only ever be used in self-defence, though his presentation featured video montages of missiles crossing mountains and oceans, including the Atlantic.
Yet, it is increasingly clear that U.S. -Russia relations are entering into a new cooling period. Nobody listened to us. The audience of senior officials and lawmakers broke into applause, giving him a standing ovation at one point. The sit-down was announced today at the beginning of the NBC Nightly News broadcast by Lester Holt.
"Russia has no intention of entering an arms race", Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Friday, adding that the weapons presented by the Russian leader aimed to maintain a "strategic parity, which is essential for maintaining peace and stability". I suspect we were shown an edited clip: "first the mock-up takes off, then another rocket is flying", he said.
"This has to go through official channels, not through the press or yelling and hollering in the United States Congress". "Russia has been developing disabling weapons for over a decade in direct opposition of its treaty obligations".
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Specifically, Nauert said that Moscow had proven itself in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), through its development of ground-launched cruise missiles.
The Pentagon reacted with more equanimity, with a spokesman insisting that the USA military remains "fully prepared" to react to 'anything that comes our way'.
She also accused Russian Federation of violating a 1980s missile treaty. When Putin claims that the U.S. restarted an arms race by building defenses against smaller states, he's being disingenuous - but certainly in a beneficial way for his political career back home.
Also Thursday, the United States formally approved the sale of Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine, which is fighting a Russian-backed insurgency in the east of the country.
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He said the USA has underestimated Russia's ability to mount a response, aiming for a "unilateral military advantage that could eventually allow it to dictate its terms in other areas".
Russia's new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile blasts off during a test launch from an undisclosed location in Russian Federation. He said that the weapon is capable of performing sharp manoeuvres, making it "absolutely invulnerable for any missile defence system".
Some analysts said President Vladimir Putin's statements about the new weapons may speed up what they see as an emerging arms race with the US. "If you were to speak about arms race than an arms race began at exactly the time and moment when the US opted out of the Anti Ballistic Missile Treaty".
"This antimissile "umbrella" turns out to be a bit 'leaky, '" he said in comments released by his ministry.
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Russia's stance has also been supported by a number of European officials, warning that the move is likely to escalate the crisis in the county's east.
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