Putin's massive troll we missed

Journalists watch as Russian President Vladimir Putin gives his annual state of the nation address in Moscow Thursday. In addition to announcing the development of new weapons Putin set a slew of ambitious domestic goals vowing to boost living standards
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05 March, 2018

She said it was "unfortunate" to watch a Russian video animation Putin showed during his address that she said depicted "a nuclear attack on the United States". "You listen to us now". The audience of senior officials and lawmakers broke into applause, giving him a standing ovation at one point. Other political analysts are questioning the threat that undetectable nuclear weapons would represent to Canada and the United States.

Putin noted that the tests of the compact nuclear reactor to power the new drone were completed last fall.

"We do not want a new cold war or a new arms race", Lungescu said.

Michaela Dodge, a Heritage Foundation missile defence expert, said Putin's statements confirmed that the Trump Administration was right to build its recent review of nuclear weapons policy around concerns about Russian Federation. The Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty was originally signed in 1972. "We are prepared to defend this nation no matter what".

The United States has long accused Russian Federation of breaching the INF treaty and, while it is modernising its own nuclear arsenal, says it remains in compliance with the terms of the Cold War accord.

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.

Michael McFaul, the US ambassador to Moscow during the Obama administration, tweeted, "A Kremlin leader announced today several new nuclear weapon systems created to attack America in novel, scary ways, and our commander in chief (unless I missed it?) did not say one word in response".

"We aren't threatening anyone, we aren't going to attack anyone, we aren't going to take anything from anyone", he said.

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"So if he gets this new technology and rolls it out, these are longer range missiles and they're able to steer themselves in flight, which makes them not just ballistic, but cruise missiles".

The hypersonic vehicle "flies at a speed 20 times the speed of sound. and it can maneuver thousands of kilometers up and down and right to left", Putin said, gesticulating energetically.

Russians are submitting proposals in a competition to name the country's new superweapon systems after President Putin unveiled a growing nuclear arsenal to oppose the West.

"This anti-missile "umbrella" turns out to be a bit "leaky", he said.

Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of trying to influence the election of the American President in 2016.

In parts of the interview he appeared to suggest there was not enough evidence, and in other parts of the interview that the Russians had not broken Russian law.

While the USA 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.

The White House dismissed Putin's comments.


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