North Atlantic Treaty Organisation condemns 'threatening' Russian Federation after weapons show

A worker inspects a gas compressor station in Ukraine

A worker inspects a gas compressor station in Ukraine

The speech comes ahead of the March 18 presidential election that Putin is expected to win easily.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said it was "unfortunate" to watch animation depicting "a nuclear attack on the United States" that accompanied Putin's speech, calling the video "cheesy" and adding that "we don't think it's responsible".

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The State Department expressed outrage at Putin's presentation and his "cheesy" animated video of warheads over USA soil - and said the Russian leader had confirmed long-held allegations about his programme. "Those accusations have neither technical data of the launch platform, which allegedly fails to comply with the agreement, nor any in-flight measurement data behind them", he said, adding that in its turn Moscow is "seriously concerned regarding fulfillment of the treaty's terms by the United States".

"We are not surprised by (Putin's) statement, and the American people should rest assured that we are fully prepared", Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said.

"We are again in a Cold War", Morell, a CBS News national security contributor, told "CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor.

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.

Putin said that Russian Federation also tested a new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile, called Sarmat, adding that its range allows it to fly over both the North and the South poles to reach any target.

Of all the annual addresses Vladimir Putin has delivered to Russia's Federal Assembly since becoming president in 1999, Thursday's speech was the most militarized. These underwater drones were 100 times smaller than a conventional submarine, Putin noted.

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He displayed each in a video mock-up on giant screens flanking him onstage. I suspect we were shown an edited clip: "first the mock-up takes off, then another rocket is flying", he said.

In a speech on Thursday Putin said that Moscow has developed new drones as well as nuclear weapons systems with an "unlimited" range that will render North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defenses "completely useless".

Putin said that the weapon is capable of performing sharp manoeuvrs on its way to targets, making it "absolutely invulnerable for any missile defence system". When he heard it had been negotiated by Barack Obama, he determined that it must be "a bad deal" and told Mr Putin: "No". "At some point it will probably appear (elsewhere) but by that time our guys will have devised something else".

"Those principles indeed let us build firm, kind, equal relations with nearly majority of the countries", Putin stressed. "It is certainly concerning to see your government, to see your country, put together that kind of video that shows the Russian Government attacking the US". "We don't regard that as the behavior of a responsible global player".

Earlier in the speech, he had struck a very different tone, ordering officials to halve the number of Russians living in poverty by sharply boosting social and infrastructure spending in an obvious pre-election pitch to voters.

"We would consider any use of nuclear weapons against Russian Federation or its allies to be a nuclear attack on our country", the Kremlin leader said. "I hope that everything that was said today will bring any potential aggressor down to earth", the head of state said.

"You failed to deter Russian Federation".

Another new weapon Putin announced Thursday is a missile that can travel at hypersonic speed, or at least more than five times the speed of sound.

She said the alliance would press ahead with its twin-track approach with Russian Federation - dialogue paired with strong deterrence and defence.

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