NATO Says Russian Warnings Against Allies "Unacceptable"

Vladimir Putin watching a launch,18 February 2004 at the Artic cosmodrome in Plesetsk

Russian President Vladimir Putin has boasted of a new arsenal of weapons that render Western missile defence systems obsolete, in a move that appears to signal the start of a fresh arms race with the US.

The United States has long accused Russian Federation of breaching the INF treaty and, while it is modernizing its own nuclear arsenal, says that it remains in compliance with the terms of the Cold War accord.

"Sanders adds the new defense budget of $700 billion will ensure the USA military will be stronger than ever".

Putin, speaking ahead of an election on March 18 that polls indicate he should win easily, said in his speech that new Russian technology would render such defences "ineffective".

The Guardian even went so far as to invite comment from Tampa mayor, Bob Buckhorn, who said he is not anxious about his city being singled out.

Mr Putin showed tests of a new missile complex of a type that he said is not owned by any other country. "I should specifically say that Russia's growing military strength is not a threat to anyone; we have never had any plans to use this potential for offensive – let alone aggressive – goals".

Kelly's interview arrives as Putin rattled a sabre about Russia's nuclear capabilities, warning the West that his country's new intercontinental ballistic missile can evade any sort of detection and strike anywhere.

Putin contended that he can not take action unless it goes "through official channels, not through the press or yelling and hollering in the United States Congress".

Putin said some of the weapons have been tested and were provided to the Russian military.

"We do not want a new Cold War or a new arms race", Lungescu said.

"We're not going to react to every word or idea that world leaders express", said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert when asked about Russia's weapons by reporters in a briefing Thursday. Nauert claimed it depicted an attack on the U.S., despite there being no depictions of presumed targets or points of impact.

"Russian statements threatening to target Allies are unacceptable and counterproductive".

Putin said to Russian lawmakers that he hopes this display of power will "sober up any potential aggressor", adding, "You will listen to us now".

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