This week Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that his nation is developing strike weapons that can pierce the United States’ missile shield.
The U.S. & NATO missile shield has long been a point of contention, with Russia claiming that it was build to deter their long range missile. NATO counters that it’s to protect from nations like Iran and North Korea.
Tuesday, Putin called into doubt NATO’s claim as they continue construction on the shield even after the Iran deal. He said:
“So, references to the Iranian and the North Korean nuclear missile threat just have served to cover up the true plans, and their true task is to neutralize nuclear potential of other nuclear powers, … Russia in particular.”
Read more at Reuters:
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will counter NATO’s U.S.-led missile defense program by deploying new strike weapons capable of piercing the shield, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.
Putin told defense officials that by developing defenses against ballistic missiles Washington aims to “neutralize” Russia’s strategic nuclear deterrent and gain a “decisive military superiority.”
He said that Moscow will respond by developing “strike systems capable of penetrating any missile defenses.” Putin’s statement comes amid a severe strain in Russia’s relations with the U.S. and its NATO allies, which have plunged to the lowest point since the Cold War over the crisis in Ukraine.
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