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Russia’s Putin boasts of all-powerful nuclear missile

Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted Thursday that his country has developed a nuclear-powered missile with an unlimited range that is also completely immune to enemy intercept.

Speaking during an annual state-of-the-nation speech in Moscow, Putin said the cruise missile is capable of penetrating any missile defense and can reach virtually any target around the world. “No defense systems will be able to withstand it,” he said.

NATO has nicknamed this missile — an RS-28 Sarmat rocket — “Satan 2.” Russian media has claimed it could entirely wipe out an area the size of Texas or France. Neither the White House nor the U.S. defense community offered immediate reaction.

Putin unveiled what he said was Russia’s new advanced weapons technology — his two-hour address included video clips of underwater drones and intercontinental missiles — while delivering a warning to the United States over its pursuit of anti-missile defense systems. “Efforts to contain Russia have failed, face it,” he said.

“Nobody listened to us. Well, listen to us now,” Putin added, referring to accusations by Moscow that Washington has been violating non-nuclear proliferation agreements by assisting countries from Poland to Japan to establish global anti-missile systems.

It follows claims by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday that the U.S. is training armed forces in Europe on how use nuclear weapons against Russia. In his address in Moscow on Thursday, Putin said its new nuclear rocket effectively renders U.S. missile defense systems around the world meaningless.

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

Source: USA Today

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  1. Cool links, Azorka. Thanks for posting them. About the link where Lavrov says that the consequences of a US attack on Syria would be serious, I had this thought: wouldn”t it be sweet if the Russian guys could take control of the US cruise missiles and turn them around, return them to their launch platforms? (I”m assuming that if the US attacks, it will be by cruise missile again.) I would love to see the expressions on the sailors” faces when they discover the missiles are coming back! Unfortunately, Russia probably doesn”t have that capability. On the other hand, Russia might feel free to simply wipe out the ships themselves with those new missiles Mr. Putin put on display 12 days ago, because now the US knows Russia has weapons that can wipe us out. It”s probably good that I”m not in charge. Whatever Mr. Putin decides is okay with me.

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