NBC's Megyn Kelly Scores Second Putin Interview, Grills Him On ICBM Claims

Mikhail Klementiev  Russian Presidential press service  TASS

Her comments came hours after President Putin announced that Russia has developed a number of advanced weapons systems, including a nuclear-powered cruise missile, which make all USA capabilities aimed at undermining the Russian nuclear deterrent obsolete.

Meanwhile, Russians are showering the Defence Ministry with proposed names for the country's new nuclear weapons, relishing the online contest announced by Mr Putin in his state-of-the-nation address on Thursday.

Russian president Vladimir Putin delivers his 2018 State of the Nation address.

Because President Putin is definitely thinking it after he unveiled his new weapons arsenal with a spectacular side-serving of sass aimed at President Trump and the US.

Some analysts said President Vladimir Putin's statements about the new weapons may speed up what they see as an emerging arms race with the US. He noted that there is nothing new in the fact that the army is working on modernizing weapons. "Give us materials, give us information", Putin said in an interview with NBC TV, according to an English voice-over.

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

Those claims are no bluff or idle threat, Professor Muraviev said, and are a further sign the world is locked in a military standoff more unsafe than the Cold War.

On Thursday, in his speech to the Federal Assembly Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled the most advanced systems of strategic weapons, developed in response to Washington's unilateral withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM Treaty) and practical deployment of missile shield elements both inside the USA and outside its borders.

He added: "For the foreseeable future, it looks that the US-Russia agenda will be limited to just one item: war prevention".

"No one in the world has anything like that", Putin said. He said the underwater drone "goes faster than any surface ship that exists today, I wouldn't even tell you the speed, it's incredible".

Putin, who has led Russian Federation for nearly two decades and is seeking in the March 18 election a historic fourth Kremlin term that would extend his rule to 2024, also laid out a number of social, economic and environmental measures in the speech.

When Kelly pressed him about the different facets of Russia's meddling and the recent indictment of over a dozen Russian nationals and three Russian entities, Putin said the request had to move through "official channels" and not through the press or "yelling and hollering" in Congress.

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