Putin sets course for new United States race with 'invincible' weapons

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The United States has accused Moscow of openly breaching Cold War-era treaties by developing what Russian President Vladimir Putin called a new generation of "invincible" hypersonic weapons and submarines. "We're not surprised. These weapons that are discussed have been in development a very long time". "We need to make sure we have a credible nuclear deterrent and we are confident we are prepared to defend this nation no matter what", said White.

Putin unveiled the stunning catalog of doomsday machines in his annual state-of-the-nation speech, saying that Russian Federation had to build them to counter the potential threat posed by the US missile defense system.

He also showed the "Sarmat" - an intercontinental ballistic missile that will replace Russia's existing rockets and comes with technology to outsmart missile defence. In fact, the US has been well aware of Putin's desire to raise Russia's geopolitical influence and military threat back to Cold War levels. "Trump, in the campaign, said if he wants an arms race, let there be an arms".

Many others were driven by patriotic feelings, suggesting that the weapons be named after legendary Russian warriors or Putin himself.

Instead, all Russian officials are now insisting the talk of nuclear weapons was "non-militaristic", and that Putin was simply trying to emphasize that Russia retained "parity" with America's own massive nuclear arsenal.

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With less than three weeks to go before a presidential election that he is widely expected to win, Putin was appealing to the Russian electorate as well as an global audience.

Noting "Russia's aggressive actions in Ukraine, and its continued military build-up from the Barents Sea to the Mediterranean", Lungescu said North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was pursuing a "twin-track approach" to Russia in response, which she said included "strong deterrence and defense, combined with meaningful dialogue".

"That's something that we certainly didn't enjoy watching".

The 65-year-old vowed to cut the country's "unacceptable" poverty rate in half over six years, but said 22 million fewer Russians were now living below the poverty line than when he was first elected president.

When NBC News asked Putin about the rhetoric directed at his country, he responded: "My point of view is that the individuals that have said that a new Cold War has started are not analysts".


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