Russian President Vladimir Putin has boasted of a new arsenal of weapons that render Western missile defence systems obsolete, in a move that appears to signal the start of a fresh arms race with the US.
"Any use of nuclear weapons against Russian Federation or its allies ... any kind of attack ... will be regarded as a nuclear attack against Russian Federation and in response we will take action instantaneously no matter what the consequences are".
Among weapons that Putin said were either in development or ready was a new intercontinental ballistic missile "with a practically unlimited range" able to attack via the North and South Poles and bypass any missile defence systems. In a fiery State of the Nation address by President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, Russia's latest nuclear warheads, and their capabilities were demonstrated using computer animations and videos.
He presented Russia's military efforts as a response to recent actions by the United States, which last month unveiled plans to revamp its nuclear arsenal and develop new low-yield atomic weapons.
Under President Donald Trump, the government has launched plans to develop two new types of nuclear weapons and reassess the US nuclear arsenal.
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Following Putin's speech, several Twitter users noticed that the land the missile was targeting in the video appeared to be the U.S. state of Florida, making the USA concerned about the alleged use of the USA map in the animation.
White told Pentagon reporters that America's missile defense has never been about Russian Federation.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Ukraine has asked President Donald Trump's United States administration for permission to buy 210 missiles and 37 launchers at a cost of around $47 million.
Putin said the new ICBM accelerates faster than its predecessor, making it harder for enemy to intercept it in its most vulnerable phase after the launch.
Washington immediately accused Moscow of breaching Cold War-era arms treaties, with a State Department spokeswoman saying it was "unfortunate" to have watched a video animation that depicted a nuclear attack on the United States.
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"This is no bluff - they have what he claims", Professor Muraviev said. "Everybody's jaws dropped when that was mentioned because we had no idea they were working on it".
Russian nuclear missiles already have the ability to annihilate the United States, and USA defence strategy is based mainly on the deterrent threat of massive nuclear retaliation, not on an impenetrable shield against Russian missiles.
He said the drone can carry a nuclear weapon to target both aircraft carrier groups and coastal facilities, adding that "there are no means in the world to counter it now". Putin is up for re-election on March 18, and the speech focused on more than just military matters, but it was the weapons talk that resonated the most in America.
"Russia still has the greatest nuclear potential in the world, but nobody listened to us", Putin said.
But Russian media outlets are now reporting that the video displayed on the giant screen during Putin's address is from a documentary called "Satan" that was broadcast on Russia's state-run Channel One in 2007.
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"Russians claim American violations [of arms treaties] are the reason for nuclear development".