Putin Threatens to Target U.S. with Hypersonic Missiles

Putin Threatens to Target U.S. with Hypersonic Missiles

Putin Threatens to Target U.S. with Hypersonic Missiles

In his speech this morning Putin accused America of using "far-fetched accusations" to withdraw from the Cold War-era treaty and warned new Russian weapons will target the U.S. if it deploys missiles to Europe.

Referring to the United States, Putin said, "They are talented, for sure, but can they count?"

"I will reiterate Russia's unwillingness deploy missiles in Europe first if they [American medium-range missiles] are not produced and delivered to the European continent, but the United States has such plans". Let them count the speed and the range of the weapons systems we are developing.

Treaty has become outdated but the United States has used far-fetched accusations against Russia to withdraw from it, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his annual Address to both houses of the national parliament on Wednesday. During his address, Putin rejected the U.S.' claim that its withdrawal from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty was prompted by Russian violations of the pact.

Mr Putin said Moscow was open to arms control talks and doesn't want confrontation, but warned that U.S. leaders should "count the range and speed of our perspective weapons systems" before deploying new arms against Russian Federation.

Putin did, however, confirm that Russian Federation is actively working on developing a hypersonic cruise missile called the Tsirkon, which will be able to fly at Mach 9 and can target naval or land targets within 620 miles.

Putin, speaking in Wednesday's state-of-the-nation address, said Moscow hopes to mend ties with the USA, adding that "we don't want confrontation, particularly with such a global power as the U.S".

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The pact meant neither side could base short and intermediate-range land-based missiles in Europe.

A survey by Russia's independent Levada Center released in January found his approval rating at 64 percent - a figure many Western leaders could only dream of, but Putin's lowest in five years.

Putin's warning comes after Washington's decision to quit a landmark Cold War-era arms control treaty this month.

The threat came amid growing fears of a new arms race.

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A year ago the government's statistics agency said the country's birth rate had fallen by 11 percent in 2017 to the lowest level in a decade. He said authorities should close 30 dump sites in big cities in the next two years.

He said 16 more warships of this class will enter service with the Russian Navy by 2027. "They should abandon illusions, we will always respond with a reciprocal response", Putin declared when touting the Tsirkon missile.

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