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Putin boasts of new Russian nuclear weapons


Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin swimming pool picture/ AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he gives his annual state of the nation address in Manezh in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Thursday, March 1, 2018|8:44 a.m.

MOSCOW– Russia has actually evaluated an array of new tactical nuclear weapons that can’t be obstructed, President Vladimir Putin stated Thursday, declaring a technological advancement that might considerably increase Russia’s military ability, enhance the Kremlin’s international position and also raise Western issues about a prospective restored arms race in the 21st century.

Speaking in a state-of-the-nation speech, Putin said the weapons include a nuclear-powered cruise rocket, a nuclear-powered undersea drone and brand-new hypersonic rocket that have no equivalent in other places in the world. He said the creation of the new weapons has made NATO’s U.S.-led rocket defense “useless,” and indicates an effective end to exactly what he described as Western efforts to stymie Russia’s development.

He noted that Russia needed to establish the brand-new weapons as the United States has actually established a missile defense system that threatened to undermine the Russian nuclear deterrent and neglected Moscow’s issues about it.

“Nobody has actually paid attention to us,” he said. “You pay attention to us now.”

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

He stated that the nuclear-powered cruise rocket evaluated last fall has a “almost limitless” range and high speed and maneuverability allowing it to pierce any rocket defense.

The Russian leader said the high-speed undersea drone also has an “intercontinental” variety and is capable of bring a nuclear warhead that might target both aircraft carriers and coastal centers. He stated its “huge” operational depth and a speed that is at least 10 times higher than any other vessel would make it immune to enemy intercept.

Putin accompanied his declaration to an audience of numerous senior officials and lawmakers with videos and computer pictures of brand-new weapons, which were shown on giant screens at a conference hall near the Kremlin.

A computer system video showed the drone being launched by a submarine, travelling over the seabed, hitting a carrier and also taking off near the coast.

Putin noted that the tests of the compact atomic power plant to power the brand-new drone were completed last fall.

Putin’s declaration marked the first time the new systems were formally revealed with a high degree of information, and it wasn’t right away possible to assess the veracity of it or evaluate the degree of their preparedness.

“You will have to evaluate that new reality and become persuaded that what I was stated today isn’t a bluff,” he said. “It’s not a bluff, you trust me.”

He included, to applause, that names for the nuclear-powered cruise missile and the drone have not yet been selected, and suggested that the Defense Ministry run a nationwide contest for the very best names. The spirited offer evokes the Soviet-era tradition of providing the innocuous names to some of the deadliest weapons systems.

“Nobody in the world has anything like that,” Putin said. “It may appear at some point, but by that time we will develop something new.”

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

Putin said that the weapon can performing sharp maneuvers on its method to targets, making it “definitely invulnerable for any rocket defense system.”

Putin said that Russia likewise tested a brand-new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile, called Sarmat, including that its variety permits it to fly over both the North and the South poles to reach any target. He said it brings more nuclear warheads than its Soviet-era predecessor, known in the West as Satan.

He said that another new weapons system, called Kinzhal, currently has been released in Russia’s Southern Military District. He included that it’s a hypersonic missile brought by an aircraft that flies at a speed 10 times of the speed of sound and has a variety of 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) away.

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

“I want to talk those who have actually fueled the arms race over the last 15 years, sought to win unilateral advantages over Russia, introduced unlawful sanctions intended to include our country’s development: all what you wanted to hinder with your policies have actually already happened,” he stated. “You have actually cannot consist of Russia.”

He emphasized that Russia is worried about the Pentagon-led nuclear evaluation released earlier this year that imagined the development of low-yield nuclear weapons, stating that it might reduce the threshold for using nuclear weapons.

“We will translate any usage of nuclear weapons versus Russia and its allies no matter how powerful they are, of low, medium or any other yield, as a nuclear attack,” he said. “It will activate an instant response with all the effects originating from it. No one must have any doubts about it.”

Jane’s by IHS Markit noted that coming after the U.S. nuclear posture evaluation Putin’s statement “not only signals strength to a domestic Russian audience, however is a clear indication to the United States that Russia will continue to improve its nuclear forces to ensure their trustworthiness. “

Putin said that Russian military experts and diplomats would be prepared to talk about new weapons systems with their U.S. counterparts.

“We aren’t threatening anyone, we aren’t going to attack anybody, we aren’t going to take anything from anyone,” he said. “The growing Russian military power will guarantee global peace.”

Trump had 2nd discussion with Putin in Germany


Evan Vucci/ AP President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 Top, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Hamburg.

Published Tuesday, July 18, 2017|3:53 p.m.

Updated Tuesday, July 18, 2017|9:29 p.m.

WASHINGTON– President Donald Trump had another, previously undisclosed discussion with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a summit in Germany this month.

White Home spokesperson Sean Spicer and National Security Council representative Michael Anton validated that Trump and Putin spoke at a dinner for world leaders and their partners at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

The discussion came hours after Trump and Putin’s very first official in person conference on July 7, which was initially set up to last just half an hour however stretched on for more than two. The 2 world leaders were also recorded on video shaking hands and exchanging a few words after they reached the G-20 summit of industrialized and establishing nations earlier that day.

Anton would not define the period of the discussion. However he said the discussion was casual and must not be characterized as a “meeting” and even a less official, but official, “pull-aside.”

“A discussion over dessert should not be characterized as a meeting,” he said.

The dinner, hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, was open only to world leaders and their partners, along with one translator per couple, inning accordance with a senior White Home authorities who described the event on condition of privacy regardless of the president’s criticism of unnamed sources.

The main worried that Trump spoke to many leaders over the course of the supper and stated he spoke briefly with Putin, who was seated next to first girl Melania Trump, as the occasion was concluding. Trump consulted with Putin utilizing Russia’s translator, since the American translator did not speak Russian.

But Ian Bremmer, who said he talked with two individuals who went to the supper, said that Trump and Putin promoted almost an hour while sitting among the other world leaders and their partners at the dinner. Bremmer is a foreign affairs writer and the president of the Eurasia Group, a consulting firm.

Attendees described the conference as shocking, stated Bremmer, who was told Trump was very animated as he spoke to Putin, frequently using his hands to gesture.

Trump safeguarded the dinner in a pair of mad tweets late Tuesday that kept in mind the dinner had been on his public schedule.

“Fake Newspaper article of secret supper with Putin is ‘sick.’ All G 20 leaders, and partners, were welcomed by the Chancellor of Germany. Press understood!” he composed.

A few minutes later on he included: “The Phony News is ending up being a growing number of unethical! Even a supper scheduled leading 20 leaders in Germany is made to look ominous!”

Trump and Putin’s relationship has actually been under analysis because the election campaign, when Trump repeatedly praised Putin as a strong leader and openly encouraged him to hack then-rival Hillary Clinton’s emails. Trump assistants have given that said he was joking.

U.S. intelligence authorities have concluded that the Russian government meddled in the 2016 election in order to help Trump. Trump has consistently cast doubt on their findings and dismissed investigations into possible collusion in between his campaign and Moscow as a “witch hunt.”

Putin: '' Don ' t worry, be happy' ' as Trump ditches climate deal


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Russian President Vladimir Putin meets heads of significant foreign business at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 2, 2017.

Friday, June 2, 2017|1:38 p.m.

WASHINGTON– Russian President Vladimir Putin says he won’t judge Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris climate accord, which is being commonly panned by other world leaders.

“Do not fret, enjoy!” Putin quipped Friday after being asked for his response at a financial forum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

There’s plenty for Putin to cheer in Trump’s rejection of the contract signed by 195 countries. Russia is the world’s most significant oil manufacturer and fifth-largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

Trump’s move drives another wedge between the United States and its traditional European allies, while aligning its stance closer to Russia in enhancing fossil fuels while delaying action to suppress climate change.

Putin joked that while it’s still cold and rainy in Russia, Trump and American imperialism could now be blamed for international warming.

It'' s real this time: Putin calls Elton John, guarantees to meet him


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Pop star Elton John and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015|9:25 a.m.

MOSCOW– Russian President Vladimir Putin has actually called British artist Elton John and accepted satisfy him. This time it’s for real.

After John posted a message on Instagram last week, thanking Putin for calling him, two Russian pranksters confessed that it was them who called John and fooled him into thinking that Putin had actually offered him a call.

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russia news companies on Thursday that the Russian president, who was hosting a conference on agriculture in a corn field in southern Russia, took some time after the meeting to speak to John.

Peskov priced quote Putin as stating: “I know that those phone pranksters fooled you. Kindly do not be mad with them.”

“Putin also stated that he comprehends how popular Elton John is, so if their schedules allow, he will be willing to fulfill him in the future and talk about any problems that he is concerned about,” Peskov said.

Earlier this month, John criticized Russia’s law against gay “propaganda” and comments by Putin recommending that gay people prey on children.

Putin implicates U.S. of meddling into FIFA affairs


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In this Wednesday, May 27, 2015, swimming pool photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a conference in the Kremlin, Moscow, Russia.

Thursday, May 28, 2015|8:16 a.m.

MOSCOW– Russian President Vladimir Putin implicated the United States of meddling in the affairs of soccer’s regulating body and hinted that its corruption investigation is part of an attempt to take the 2018 World Cup away from his country.

Putin stated in telecasted comments Thursday that he found it “odd” that the FIFA probe was gone for the request of U.S. authorities for criminal offenses which do not include its residents and did not happen in the United States.

Corruption charges in the united state were announced Wednesday against 14 individuals, at least two of whom have American citizenship. 7 of the 14 were detained Wednesday morning in Zurich ahead of a FIFA conference and Friday’s governmental election where Sepp Blatter is anticipated to win a 5th term. Much of the money that supposedly altered hands went through U.S. banks, which is why U.S. officials had the ability to bring charges.

In a different probe, Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings into FIFA’s awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar.

Putin stated even if “someone has done something wrong,” Russia “has absolutely nothing to do with it.” He then attempted to depict the probe as a U.S. attempt to go after dissenters, comparing the case to the persecution of whistleblowers Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.

“Our American counterparts, sadly, are utilizing the exact same methods to reach their objectives and illegally persecute individuals. I don’t rule out that this is the case in relation to FIFA,” Putin stated. “I have no doubt that this is yet another evident effort to hinder Mr. Blatter’s re-election as FIFA president. We know the pressure that he underwent in relation to Russia holding the 2018 World Cup.”

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, who is likewise a FIFA executive committee member and is in Zurich for the regulating body’s congress and governmental election, stated Wednesday that his nation invites the examination.