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Defense Officials Downplay Putin’s Boasts About NATO-Proof Nukes

March 02, 2018 - 9:20 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- What do Pentagon officials think of Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement of a new nuclear powered cruise missile?

Not much apparently.

"Our missile defense has never been about (Russia)," a Pentagon spokesperson said.

On Thursday, Putin played a video of a misile launch in his annual address to parliament.

During his speech, Putin boasted about expansions to the nuclear weapons program, and Washington has taken notice.

Putin unveiled what he described as a new nuclear-powered cruise missile and said Russia has tested nuclear weapons that will render NATO's anti-missile shields completely useless.

"Russia still has the greatest nuclear potential in the world, but nobody listened to us," Putin said. "Listen now."

Putin told parliament that the military had developed a weapon capable of flying at several times the speed of sound.

"The speed will be hypersonic," he said.

The Pentagon downplayed the development and noted that the missile crashed in recent testing. It's possible that Putin was playing to his base in the Kremlin ahead of elections.