The Pentagon responds to Vladimir Putin’s announcement (see previous article). From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:
The United States accused Russia of being an “irresponsible player” for boasting about an array of new, mostly hypersonic weapons, that President Putin said would make its nuclear arsenal invulnerable to interception by the US.
State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters it was “unfortunate” to watch a video animation depicting “a nuclear attack on the United States” that accompanied Putin’s state-of-the-nation speech Thursday, calling the video “cheesy” and “irresponsible.”
“We don’t think that kind of imagery, in a cheesy video, as being a responsible action.” She also said Putin’s announcement confirmed, “what the US has known for a long time that Russia has been developing destabilizing weapons systems for more than a decade in direct violation of treaty obligations.”
She then proceeded to ignore Russian reporters at today’s press briefing.
As reported earlier, in his speech which took the west by surprise with the scale of Russian military accomplishments, Putin unveiled the latest additions to the country’s nuclear arsenal, including underwater drones capable of launching nuclear strikes and hypersonic missiles. The Russian president made the announcement at his annual state of the nation address in Moscow, Putin’s last speech before Russia’s presidential election on March 18.
“We don’t regard that as behavior of a responsible player,” Nauert said.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon urged calm and expressed it was “fully prepared” to handle the advanced Russian nuclear threat.
“We’re not surprised by (Putin’s) statement. And the American people should rest assured that we are fully prepared,” Chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White adding that she was “very confident” in America’s ability to react to “anything that may come our way.”
“We are prepared and we are ready,” she said. “This is not about defense. This is about deterrence.”
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