Vladimir Putin Boasts of New Russian Nuclear Weapons – Video

New arms race started by US pulling out of missile treaty – Putin

Vladimir Putin Boasts of New Russian Nuclear Weapons

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV / AP   –  March 1, 2018

(MOSCOW) — Russia has tested an array of new strategic nuclear weapons that can’t be intercepted, President Vladimir Putin announced Thursday, marking a technological breakthrough that would dramatically increase Russia’s military capability and boost the Kremlin’s global position.    

Speaking in a state-of-the-nation speech, Putin said the weapons include a nuclear-powered cruise missile, a nuclear-powered underwater drone and new hypersonic missile. He said the creation of the new weapons has made NATO’s U.S.-led missile defense “useless,” and means an effective end to what he described as Western efforts to stymie Russia’s development.

“I want to tell all those who have fueled the arms race over the last 15 years, sought to win unilateral advantages over Russia, introduced unlawful sanctions aimed to contain our country’s development: all what you wanted to impede with your policies have already happened,” he said. “You have failed to contain Russia.”

The announcement comes as Putin is set to easily win another six-year presidential term in the March 18 election.

He said that the nuclear-powered cruise missile tested last fall has an unlimited range and high speed and maneuverability allowing it to pierce any missile defense.

The Russian leader said the high-speed underwater drone also has an “intercontinental” range and is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead that could target both aircraft carriers and coastal facilities. He said its operational depth and high speed would make it immune to enemy intercept.

He added to applause that names for the nuclear-powered cruise missile and the drone haven’t yet been chosen, and suggested that the Defense Ministry run a nationwide contest for the best names.

Putin accompanied his statement to an audience of hundreds of senior officials and lawmakers with videos and computer images of new weapons, which were shown on giant screens at a conference hall near the Kremlin.

“No one in the world has anything like that,” he said. “It may appear someday, but by that time we will develop something new.”

The Russian leader said that another new weapon called Avangard is an intercontinental hypersonic missile that would fly to targets at a speed 20 times the speed of sound and strike “like a meteorite, like a fireball.”

Putin said that Russia also tested a new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile, called Sarmat, with a range and number of warheads exceeding its Soviet-era predecessor, known in the West as Satan.

The Russian leader emphasized that the development of new weapons that have no equivalent in the West came in response to the U.S. withdrawal from a Cold war-era treaty banning missile defenses and U.S. efforts to develop a missile defense system.

He said that the U.S. has ignored Russian complaints.

“No one has listened to us,” he said. “You listen to us now.”

He said the new weapons will help ensure global stability and draw a line under attempts to weaken Russia.

He said that another weapons system, called Kinzhal, already has been deployed in Russia’s Southern Military District. He said it’s a hypersonic missile carried by an aircraft that can strike targets 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) away.

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 03/08/2018 at 1:26 pm

    Here we go again
    round and round the blazing flames
    the war dance of hell

  • Mark  On 03/09/2018 at 3:24 pm

    Imagine how Russia would react once Exxon Mobil purposely tries to oversupply the oil markets by drilling over 500,000 barrels of oil from Guyana, and an estimated 250,000 barrels of oil from Suriname, while America imposes more sanctions on Venezuela.

    I’ve heard rumors that Russian spy ships and Russian spies are currently nearby Trinidad & Tobago.

    The oil markets are so volatile right now that the only reason oil prices are at US$60-65/bbl is because OPEC artificially cut the production of oil in their home countries.

    US Shale is set to supply over 11.5 million barrels of oil daily, and Trump wants to start trade wars. A trade war with Russia and an oversupply of oil to affect Russia is only going to get Mother Russia angrier at the West.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 03/10/2018 at 9:40 pm

    The Pardon Boomerang:
    Why Trump Associates May Need to Decline Any Offer of a Pardon

    Ryan Goodman | Just Security

    With some conservatives urging the President to pardon Trump associates caught up in the Russia investigation, there’s a reason that option may simply fail the president.

    That’s because individuals like Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., and Paul Manafort will need to think twice before accepting any offer of a pardon.

    Especially if their actions involved financial wrongdoing, these individuals must contemplate not only federal prosecutors coming after them, but also state attorneys-general like New York’s Eric Schneiderman.

    The dilemma for these Trump campaign affiliates is not simply that a presidential pardon would fail to erase the risk of a state prosecution, but rather that their acceptance of such a pardon may significantly increase the prospect that state prosecutors will both pursue a case and secure a conviction.

    Let me be more specific as to the reason why:
    Individuals run a significant risk that acceptance of a pardon would be used by state prosecutors as an admission of guilt — bolstering the potential success of any prosecution for related crimes in New York and elsewhere.

    This is one more area in which the Russia investigation can take a page of history from Watergate.

    The framework in which Kushner and others must operate is fairly well set. A president’s pardon power applies only to federal crimes.

    Anyone pardoned for federal offenses would, accordingly, remain liable for state crimes that cover the same underlying conduct. Professor Jed Shugerman has led the way in describing the large set of potential state-level offenses that could apply to conduct related to the Russia investigation — including financial crimes and criminal invasion of privacy for abetting the distribution of stolen emails.

    Accept a pardon for money laundering under federal law? Look out for prosecutions under state money laundering statutes.

    But this is not simply about the residual power of a state attorney-general to prosecute in the wake of a presidential pardon. What Trump campaign affiliates have to fear is that acceptance of a pardon could add booster rockets to the state prosecutors’ efforts for closely related state crimes.

    Officials like New York’s Schneiderman may feel they have an ace in hand if they can walk into a state courthouse with a defendant’s admission of guilt implied by having accepted a presidential pardon. This get-out-of-federal-jail card comes at a price.

    In a landmark decision by the U.S.A. Supreme Court in 1915, Burdick v. United States, the Justices stated that individuals have a right to refuse a pardon because “acceptance” of one carries with it a “confession of guilt.”

    Over the years, many federal courts have relied on Burdick for this proposition, the most recent including the Arizona court in upholding President Trump’s pardon of former sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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