USA accuses Putin of breaching Cold War-era treaties


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.

Putin said: "I have to see first what they've done".

While submarines are supposed to be as quiet as possible, the Status-6 wouldn't need to be, due to its speed. Its "very big" operational depth and a speed that is many times faster than any other vessel would make it immune to being intercepted by the enemy, he added.

The Defence Security Cooperation Agency said Ukraine has asked President Donald Trump's USA administration for permission to buy 210 missiles and 37 launchers at a cost of around US$47 million.

Putin showed tests of a new missile complex of a type that he said is not owned by any other country. Being nuclear-powered, it can fly around for months, due to its nearly limitless energy supply. "Listen to us now", Mr Putin said, prompting a standing ovation from the audience of top officials including defence minister Sergei Shoigu and foreign minister Sergei Lavrov. Putin pointedly highlighted new systems that would circumvent BMD capabilities such as long-range cruise missiles and a hypersonic glide vehicle.

"They have not succeeded in holding Russian Federation back", said Putin, referring to the West.

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"US defence capabilities are and will remain second to none, and now because of the new defence budget of $700 billion our military will be far stronger than ever, " Sanders said.

Congressman Mac Thornberry, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said that for too long presidents of both parties have let all sorts of persistent Russian aggression go unanswered, whether violations of multiple treaties, election meddling, planting fake news stories, or invading sovereign countries.

To drive home his point, Putin spoke as a video showed multiple nuclear warheads streaking through space before showering down on what appears to be the outline of the state of Florida. Nauert claimed it depicted an attack on the United States, despite there being no depictions of presumed targets or points of impact.

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

Putin's remarks seem unlikely to change that equation or divert the Trump Administration from its path toward modernising the full U.S. nuclear arsenal at a cost of hundreds of billions of dollars while also expanding missile defences.

So does this mean a new Cold War-style arms race is underway?