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03 March 2018, 12:17 | Colleen Roy
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"You listen to us now". "We're not surprised", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said.
The US insists it has only deployed limited defensive systems to counter the specific threat of long-range missiles from Iran or North Korea.
As President Vladimir Putin announced earlier, Russian Federation had created a small-size super-powerful nuclear power plant that can be placed inside the hull of a cruise missile, lending it such properties as an unlimited flight range and ability to penetrate any anti-aircraft and anti-missile defense. He also said Sarmat could carry an array of warheads capable of dodging missile defences.
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Putin's statement marked the first time the new systems were officially announced with a high degree of detail, and it wasn't immediately possible to assess the veracity of it or assess the degree of their readiness. "It's not a bluff, you trust me". And the fact that many of these new technologies are being developed at a time when existing arms control regimes are crumbling again gives added cause for concern.
They also demanded that the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad should be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons, attacks on civilians and the humanitarian blockade.
Putin said that the weapon is capable of performing sharp maneuvers on its way to targets, making it "absolutely invulnerable for any missile defense system".
Thomas Karako, a missile defence expert at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, said Putin's statements were consistent with a larger pattern of Russian thinking about nuclear weapons and Russia's role in the world. It's riskier than most other types of nuclear reactors. "We don't regard that as the behavior of a responsible global player", Nauert told reporters.
"Russia is not going to be pulled into any arms race".
Speaking in a nationally televised address to Russia's political elite, the president showed both video and animation of Russian ICBMs, nuclear-powered cruise missiles, underwater drones, and other weapons that he said Russia had developed as a result of the United States pulling out of the 1972 anti-ballistic missile treaty signed with the Soviet Union. "No one should have any doubts about it".
Putin claimed his new weapons will render USA and European defences useless, suggesting an escalation of the stakes in a long-running struggle for stability in the post-Cold War world.
The move came as Washington accused Moscow of openly breaching Cold War era treaties by developing what President Vladimir Putin yesterday called a new generation of "invincible" hypersonic weapons and submarines.
Ms Lungescu said Nato's missile defence system is built to respond to attacks from outside Europe and North America and not directed against Russian Federation. The military alliance said the Russian leader's threatening statements were detrimental to worldwide efforts to calm global tensions.
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