Putin also unveiled what he said was Russia’s new advanced weapons technology. His two-hour address included video clips of underwater drones and intercontinental missiles. Putin delivered 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 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 to use nuclear weapons against Russia. In his Thursday address , 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.”