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Putin announces new ‘invincible’ nuclear missiles that can beat US missile defense

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk after a meeting on the closing day of the 25th APEC Summit on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 in Da Nang, Vietnam. (Mikhail Klimentyev/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS/Abaca Press/TNS)
March 01, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday claimed that Russia has created nuclear weapons that can “avoid missile defense systems,” and that the country also intends to build up its stockpile of nuclear missiles that would be able to hit anywhere in the world.

He also said the new missiles would make any NATO defense “completely useless” and are “invincible.” Putin also said that other nuclear cruise missiles would have “unlimited” range, as well.

Putin was speaking at his annual state of the nation address when he made the statements and essentially put the United States on notice.

He said the “hypersonic Sarmat ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missile is] capable of outmaneuvering any existing missile defense.”

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“It’s a response to U.S. abandoning anti-missile defense treaty and building up its potential. No one listened before, so listen to Russia now,” Putin said.

He said the Sarmat missile is “a new weapon in response to the deployment of missile defense by the U.S. abroad.”

“Any use of nuclear weapons against Russia or its allies, be it small-scale, medium-scale or any other scale, will be treated as a nuclear attack on our country,” Putin said. “The response will be instant and with all the relevant consequences.”

Putin also boasted of Russia’s “modern, compact and high-tech army.”

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