Merkel, Trump Voice Concern Over Putin's New Weapons Claims

Valery Sharifulin  TASS

Valery Sharifulin TASS

According to Putin, "the unique flight and technical characteristics of the high-speed aircraft-type carrier make it possible to deliver missiles to a discharge point within just minutes".

Vids Russian Federation president Putin has used his annual state-of-the-nation address to show off the latest additions to Russia's weapon's catalog and to warn the Western powers that his country will not be trifled with. She said she believes the USA is in compliance with its treaty obligations. "And the American people should rest assured that we are fully prepared". He said the announcement is created to guarantee that his country is taken seriously as a global power on the world stage.

And she engaged in some American chest thumping. "We have developed unmanned submersible vehicles that can move at great depths-I would say extreme depths-intercontinentally, at a speed multiple times higher than the speed of submarines, cutting-edge torpedoes and all kinds of surface vessels, including some of the fastest", Putin said.

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump understands the threats and that America is "moving forward to modernize our nuclear arsenal and ensure our capabilities are unmatched".

Most importantly, however, the bellicose speech may be intended, not only to deter the West from interfering in Russia's affairs before and after the March 18 elections, but also to respond to Trump's planned increases in military procurement and the recent release of a batch of strategic documents that signal a shift in the USA focus from counter-terrorism to countering Russian Federation and China. "We're not surprised by the statement". "They know very well that it's not about them", she said.

Putin bragged that Russia's nuclear weapons could pierce American defenses and render North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ineffective, according to CNN. The Russian view has always been that missile defence may start in a limited way but if the technology is proven, it will inevitably expand.

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"We will interpret any use of nuclear weapons against Russian Federation and its allies no matter how powerful they are, of low, medium or any other yield, as a nuclear attack", he said. However, while the Russians are developing a host of new weapons, there will likely be little overall impact on the strategic balance between Moscow and Washington.

From nuclear cruise missiles to underwater nuclear drones and intercontinental bombs that travel at 20 times the speed of sound, Russia's under-development weaponry marks a dramatic boost in the country's defense capabilities. They emphasized strongly that there is considerable doubt that the systems Putin described Thursday are anywhere near operational.

"As we have repeatedly made clear, the alliance's missile defence is neither designed nor directed against Russian Federation". In one animation, the nuclear-powered cruise missile was shown flying across the Atlantic, rounding the southern tip of South America, and heading up the Pacific toward the USA mainland.

Plant added that while "Russia already has a ton of systems that can threaten and overwhelm US missile defenses", Putin's announcement reflects his country's concern that the USA missile shield could grow powerful enough to become a game-changer.

The White House dismissed Putin's comments.

Although the portable anti-tank missiles being sold to Ukraine can kill, proponents for granting them have long argued they are considered "defensive" because the Ukrainians would use them to defend their territory and deter the Russians, not to attack a foreign country or seize new territory.

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