Putin Threatens To Target US With New Nukes [VIDEO]

CNBC reports:

Russia will respond to any American deployment of short or intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe by targeting not only the countries where they are stationed, but the U.S. itself, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday.

In his toughest remarks yet on a potential new arms race, Putin said Russia was not seeking confrontation and would not take the first step to deploy missiles in response to Washington’s decision this month to quit a landmark Cold War-era arms control treaty.

But he said that U.S. policymakers, some of whom he said were obsessed with U.S. exceptionalism, should calculate the risks before taking any steps. “It’s their right to think how they want. But can they count? I’m sure they can. Let them count the speed and the range of the weapons systems we are developing,” Putin told Russia’s political elite to strong applause.

The Washington Post reports:

Putin also used the speech to note that testing of a nuclear-capable glider and underwater drone is now complete, and that the two missiles are ready for inclusion in the country’s arsenal this year. After his speech, state-run television showed footage of the 80-foot-long drone, called Poseidon, being released underwater.

Speaking just weeks after President Trump pulled out of the landmark Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), Putin blamed the United States for violating the terms of the treaty by deploying Tomahawk cruise missiles in Romania and Poland. Putin withdrew from the INF in response to the U.S. move.