Putin: Russia has supersonic, undetectable nukes with worldwide reach

Cheryl Sanders
March 2, 2018

"The range is unlimited".

"The unjustified persecution (of business people), including by the security services, is absolutely unacceptable", Putin said, adding that this "undermines people's faith in the law and in justice".

The video simulation showed multiple nuclear missiles traveling across the globe and through space before showering down on southern Florida, where President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort happens to be. "It may appear someday, but by that time we will develop something new".

Putin has long fumed over the decision of President George W. Bush to withdraw from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and deploy missile defenses.

Putin described at least five new weapons systems, emphasizing how each could defeat United States missile defenses and characterizing almost all of them as nuclear-capable. "It's more of a summary of things that Russian Federation has been working on over the past few years".

Vladimir Putin had an ominous message for the rest of the world while unveiling Russia's newest line of nuclear missiles.

"I want to tell all those who have fuelled the arms race over the last 15 years, sought to win unilateral advantages over Russian Federation, introduced unlawful sanctions aimed to contain our country's development: all that you wanted to impede with your policies has already happened", Mr Putin said.

"I want to tell all those who have fueled the arms race over the last 15 years, sought to win unilateral advantages over Russian Federation, introduced unlawful sanctions aimed to contain our country's development: all that you wanted to impede with your policies have already happened", Putin declared. Putin set a slew of ambitious economic goals, vowing to boost living standards, improve health care and education and build modern infrastructure in a state-of-the-nation address. "This is not a bluff".


He warned that any use of nuclear arms against Russian Federation or its allies would meet an "immediate response".

Still, the Pentagon on Thursday brushed off Mr Putin's boast of developing "invincible" missiles, claiming the United States was fully prepared for anything that might come its way.

The new systems did not come as a surprise to the United States, but a number of analysts said Russian Federation could start a second Cold War as a result of the announcement. "Russia still has the greatest nuclear potential in the world, but nobody listened to us".

The Pentagon spokesperson, White, rejected that.

"Especially since we are far from resolving many problems", he said. "We have nuclear capability".

White countered that the need for low-yield nuclear weapons "is because of numerous things Russian Federation has done", but added that US missile defense plans have never been about Moscow.

Some of the weapons were already known to be in development, including the Sarmat heavy intercontinental-ballistic missile, that will replace a Soviet-era predecessor.

He recalled that "the system of United States global missile defense is being created mainly against strategic missiles flying along ballistic paths". He said tests of a compact nuclear reactor that took years were completed successfully in December.


"Kinzhal" (Dagger) missiles can fly at a speed 10 times that of sound and maneuver during the whole flight.

"It comes to targets like a meteorite; like a burning sphere", Putin said.

And in a touch of dark humor, he invited Russians to join a Defense Ministry contest to name some of the weapons.

The State Department expressed outrage at Putin's presentation and his "cheesy" animated video of warheads over U.S. soil - and said the Russian leader had confirmed long-held allegations about his program.

But some weapons systems "have to be fine-tuned and worked on", he said.

"We've never had an intention of attacking anybody", he said. "We are not threatening anyone, and have no intention to attack anyone or grab anything from anyone at gunpoint".

But there's no threat of a renewed arms race with Russian Federation.

"Putin's statement makes it clear we are in a new arms race that will put us under the terror of a new Cold War, in constant fear of death at any instant", Beatrice Fihn, executive director for ICBN, said in a statement.


"As you may have guessed, no other country in the world has anything like that".

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