Vladimir Putin Unveils 'Invincible' Nuclear Weapons

Mar 03, 2018, 00:20
Vladimir Putin Unveils 'Invincible' Nuclear Weapons

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump in condemning recent claims by Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country has developed a new, "invincible" nuclear weapon.

"You have failed to contain Russian Federation".

Putin's speech has further exacerbated tensions with the U.S., which have hit Cold War-era highs over conflict in Syria and Ukraine as well as accusations Moscow interfered in the United States 2016 election.

He said that the nuclear-powered cruise missile tested last fall has an unlimited range and high speed and maneuverability, allowing it to pierce any missile defense.

News reporter and Today Show anchor Megyn Kelly has scored her second interview with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

In the past the U.S. has also looked at the idea of nuclear-powered cruise missiles but they were abandoned in the 1960s because the then available technology simply couldn't handle the task.

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Avangard and Sarmat were among the new weapons Putin announced on Thursday.

Both Russia and the US have been working to develop missiles that could travel at hypersonic speed, or more than five times the speed of sound.

PUTIN: We have two reasons that would force us to respond using our nuclear weapons. "We can't be dissuaded by nuclear disarmament advocates who would rather us unilaterally disarm while also dismantling our missile defenses".

Other platforms addressed included a platform believed to be nothing more than propaganda and legend until the Pentagon recently acknowledged its existence: an underwater drone housing the largest nuclear weapon any nation has developed in over a half century, dubbed the "Ocean Multipurpose System Status-6".

The U.S. has consistently argued that missile defense systems in Europe are not aimed at Moscow, but instead created to defend against threats from Iran, North Korea and rogue threats.

Putin said that Russian military experts and diplomats would be ready to discuss new weapons systems with their USA counterparts.

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On Thursday, President Vladimir Putin unveiled what he said was a new arsenal of advanced weaponry including nuclear devices immune to enemy interception.

The official says they observed less than a "handful" of tests.

Putin used bellicose language as he unveiled the weapons, warning the world to "listen up now", but also insisted the weaponry would only be used in defence of Russian Federation or its allies.

Meanwhile, Associate Professor Tilman Ruff of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) maintains Mr Putin's sabre-rattling is a direct response to the more aggressive tone of the Trump administration's Nuclear Posture Review.

It all started with a post on Twitter of the Russian Embassy in the United States.

"Russia is not going to be pulled into any arms race".

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The move comes as the United States and European nations struggle to break a long logjam in the Ukraine-Russia conflict that erupted three years ago when fighting broke out between Russian-backed separatists and government troops in the east. France, Russia and Germany brokered a peace arrangement in 2015 that has lowered violence but not stopped it, and a political settlement outlined in the deal hasn't been fully implemented.

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