Trump, Merkel concerned over Putin's new weapons

Vladimir Putin boasted of Russia's nukes

AFP GETTYVladimir Putin boasted of Russia's nukes

A hypersonic vehicle impossible to intercept as it flies in a cloud of plasma "like a meteorite".

Some analysts said President Vladimir Putin's statements about the new weapons may speed up what they see as an emerging arms race with the US. Nobody listened to us.

Numerous entries Friday reflected the wry dark humor Russians are known for.

"Give us a document, give us an official request", Putin said.

Sanders said, "As the president's nuclear posture review made clear, America is moving forward to modernize our nuclear arsenal and ensure our capabilities are unmatched".

White told Pentagon reporters that USA missile defense has never been about Russian Federation.

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

The interview also came after Putin had boasted about a new Russian weapon that could evade a US-built missile defence system. "Russia has such weapons already", he said.

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. "It's not a bluff, you trust me".

Putin used his annual state of the nation speech on Thursday to threaten Western nations with a battery of new weapons including an intercontinental nuclear cruise missile and to assure Russians that their lives would improve through enormous new social spending.

"With all due respect for you personally, with all due respect for Congress, you must have people with legal degrees, 100 percent you do", Putin said smiling. "You have failed to contain Russian Federation".

The US intelligence community concluded previous year that Russia-linked actors interfered in the 2016 US election on specific orders from Putin.

His address was accompanied by videos and computer simulations of the new weapons, shown on giant screens at a conference hall near the Kremlin.

As the weapon name contest went on, Russian officials and lawmakers insisted that Putin's speech wasn't an announcement of a new arms race but a warning to Washington to treat Russia as an equal partner.

Although Putin said his announcement was meant to get the attention of the United States, he also said he was open to talks with Washington.

Russian Federation has also developed unmanned underwater devices that move much faster than submarines and torpedoes and can carry nuclear warheads, Putin said, adding: 'It's just fantastic!'

Russia's new Sarmat intercontinental missile can take an arbitrary path to its target and circumnavigate any enemy defences.

A computer video showed the drone being launched by a submarine, cruising over the seabed, hitting an aircraft carrier and also exploding near the shore.

"They know very well that it's not about them, our missile defense has never been about them", White added.

According to the documents released in 2015, the Status-6 could carry a multi-megaton nuclear bomb with a range of about 10,000 kilometres moving at 56 knots, or 104 km/h and travel to a depth of more than 1,000 metres.

"The missile's name should honor our guys who died in Syria", Kadyrov said.

"As we have repeatedly made clear, the alliance's missile defence is neither designed nor directed against Russian Federation".

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