Putin shows new Russian nuclear weapons

Putin claims Russia has cutting-edge new missiles

"We need to ensure we have a credible nuclear deterrent, and we are confident that we are prepared to defend this nation no matter what", Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana White told reporters.

Merkel's office said both leaders expressed concern about Russian President Vladimir Putin's unveiling of new weapons systems yesterday "and their negative consequences for global arms control efforts".

The bellicose rhetoric is surely meant to rally political support for Putin's reelection on March 18, as well a reflection of Moscow's own insecurity, stemming from fears that new USA ballistic-missile defenses may eventually render Russia's nuclear deterrence ineffective.

The Trump Administration has vowed to expand United States nuclear strength, while criticising Russia's buildup.

Jane's by IHS Markit noted that coming after the USA nuclear posture review Putin's statement "not only signals strength to a domestic Russian audience, but is a clear sign to the US that Russia will continue to modernize its nuclear forces to ensure their credibility".

A nuclear-powered cruise missile: Putin boasted that the Russians had developed a low-flying cruise missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead that could stay aloft indefinitely: It would be powered by a nuclear power plant. It is reminiscent of United States work in the 1960s on a similar weapon, dubbed "The Big Stick", but ultimately scrapped.

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Although Putin was given an ecstatic reception by his audience, some online comments were less than complimentary.

Putin stunned the world on Thursday when he used his state of the union speech ahead of the March 18 elections to unveil "invincible" hypersonic weapons and submarines.

When asked about the White House reaction to Putin's speech, Trump's press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president "understands the threats facing America and our allies in this century and is determined to protect our homeland and preserve peace through strength".

"You see, all my ancestors in the past were peasant serfs, while I am the president", Russian state-run news agency TASS quoted Putin as saying. She called the animation "cheesy".

"We have been working on them for quite a long time", he said.

"We aren't threatening anyone, we aren't going to attack anyone, we aren't going to take anything from anyone", he said. Moscow has long threatened to find technological ways around Western missile defences that it sees as threatening and that the West denies are aimed at Russian Federation.

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US President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron expressed concerns during phone calls over the Russian leader's statement on nuclear weapons development, the White House said in a press release on Friday.

While the United States is now going through extradition proceedings, it's highly unlikely the Russian government will agree to give up the defendants, in part, because they were acting on orders from the highest ranks.

Underscoring the tension, Russian Federation called off strategic talks with the US set for this month after a Washington delegation snubbed a meeting on cybersecurity, Moscow's ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, told Russia's state TASS news agency Friday.

Hayden said that there isn't any logic to explain Trump not talking about Putin like he does about other world leaders.

According to Putin, the weapons include a nuclear-powered cruise missile, a nuclear-powered underwater drone, and a new hypersonic missile.

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