U.S. downplays Putin's weapon warning

Journalists watch as Russian President Vladimir Putin gives his annual state of the nation address in Moscow Thursday. In addition to announcing the development of new weapons Putin set a slew of ambitious domestic goals vowing to boost living standards

Her comments came hours after President Putin announced that Russia has developed a number of advanced weapons systems, including a nuclear-powered cruise missile, which make all US capabilities aimed at undermining the Russian nuclear deterrent obsolete.

Russian Federation was confirmed to not be seeking the launch of a new arms race through its work on a new generation of "invincible" nuclear weapons.

"We do not want a new cold war or a new arms race", Lungescu said. In 2005, he called it the "greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century".

McFaul added that "even 10 years ago, Putin's speech today threatening to attack America in new ways with nuclear weapons would have been sensational news, demanding a response from our president".

Putin showed a video of nuclear missiles raining down on what appeared to be Florida's Tampa Bay area, home of the us military's central command.

A unmanned underwater vehicle: Putin said the Russian military had been developing a stealthy underwater vehicle that can target a wide range of targets, including carrier groups or coastal bases.

Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the Federal Assembly in Moscow, Russia, March 1, 2018.

Jane's by IHS Markit noted that coming after the USA nuclear posture review Putin's statement "not only signals strength to a domestic Russian audience, but is a clear sign to the US that Russia will continue to modernize its nuclear forces to ensure their credibility. Give us materials, give us information", Putin said in an interview with NBC TV aired late on Friday, according to an English voice-over of his words. "You have failed to contain Russian Federation".

A nuclear-powered cruise missile: Putin boasted that the Russians had developed a low-flying cruise missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead that could stay aloft indefinitely: It would be powered by a nuclear power plant.

During a video demonstration of the new missile, what appeared to be the state of Florida was used in a graphic showing a missile attack.

"It all adds up to Putin saying if we're going to go there, we're going to go there, he's coming out guns a'blazing", he continued.

Putin emphasized that the new weapons were designed in full compliance to the U.S.

President Putin rebuffed accusations by Western media outlets that he was starting a new arms race.

The Trump Administration interprets Russian statements and actions over the past several years, including its annexation of Crimea and military incursions into eastern Ukraine, as requiring a stronger USA nuclear deterrent. "The growing Russian military power will guarantee global peace".

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