Putin Denies ‘New Cold War’ But Says New
Nukes Are On ‘Combat Duty’
By Alex Johnson
March 02, 2018 " 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."
Exclusive: Putin blames U.S. for
arms race, denies 'new Cold War'
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."
Megyn Kelly interviews Russian President
Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday.
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
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
"You're going to see Russia rise, and
that could spark a new Cold War," he said.
But Putin said: "My point of view is that
the individuals that have said that a new
Cold War has started are not analysts. They
He said the new weapons were
Moscow's response to the United
States' withdrawal in 2002 from the
1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, which prohibited nationwide
missile defenses. President George
W. Bush said when he announced the
U.S. withdrawal that the treaty was
outmoded and promised to deploy U.S.
missile defenses to protect against
"growing missile threats."
"If we are to speak of an arms
race, then an arms race started
precisely at that point," Putin
Putin said he had offered to
cooperate on joint development of
missile defenses with the United
States but had been rebuffed, so he
had to act in Russia's best
"Instead of creating threats to
one another, great powers should
pool their efforts in protecting
against terrorists," he said.
Russia's deployment of the RS-28
Sarmat thermonuclear-armed ICBM has
been in the works for years. It was
announced in 2014, and
details were declassified in 2016 .
The missile is intended to
replace the R-36 Voevoda, which NATO
has dubbed "Satan," leading the
United States to call the new
version "Satan 2." Russian media
said in 2016 that the RS-28 Sarmat
would be able to carry a payload
capable of wiping out a landmass
"the size of Texas or France."
This article was originally
published by " NBC "
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