Putin claims that Russia has developed fantastic new nuclear capacities that leave the US far behind, so America had better be careful not to start World War Three.
Not only can all US intercontinental missiles be intercepted in flight and disabled, but Russia can now wipe out the entire state of Texas or Florida with ONE deadly missile! Or so it is claimed . . .
Information Clearing House. The new weapons announced by Russia are so advanced that the money U.S. taxpayers have spent on missile defenses “has been thrown out into the wind,” President Vladimir Putin told NBC News on Thursday.
The remarks came after Putin said in his annual state of the nation address that Russia had developed new nuclear-capable weapons, including a nuclear-powered intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, that renders defense systems “useless.”
Skeptics objected that because Moscow presented no video of a successful test of the new missile, Putin’s claim that Russia has deployed a working nuclear-powered ICBM can’t be verified.
And in an interview in Moscow with Megyn Kelly, host of NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today,” Putin refused to answer directly when pressed about whether the ICBM had, in fact, flown a successful test.
“Every single weapons system that I have discussed today easily surpasses and avoids a missile defense system,” Putin said. But “some of them still have to be fine-tuned and worked on. Others are already available to the troops and battle-ready.”
Asked again whether Russia had specifically conducted a successful test flight of a nuclear-powered ICBM, Putin responded: “All of those tests were successful. It’s just each of these weapons systems are at a different stage of readiness. One of them is already on combat duty. It’s available to the troops.”
U.S. officials told NBC News that development of the weapons wasn’t a surprise and that Putin’s rhetoric was intended for domestic consumption, aimed at national elections later this month.
Jeremy Bash, who was chief of staff of the U.S. Defense Department and the CIA during the Obama administration, said Putin’s comments reflected new confidence “in an era where an American president refuses to check Russia’s aggression.”
“You’re going to see Russia rise, and that could spark a new Cold War,” he said.