State Department: Russia violating its obligations

State Department accuses Russia of developing destabilizing nuclear weapons in violation of its treaty obligations.

Elad Benari,

Putin and Trump
Putin and Trump
Reuters

The U.S. State Department on Thursday accused Russia of developing destabilizing nuclear weapons in violation of its treaty obligations, after Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled a new array of nuclear weapons.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Putin's speech showed Russia had violated its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, reported Reuters.

She also criticized an animated video played during his remarks, saying it appeared to depict an attack on the United States.

"It was certainly unfortunate to have watched the video animation that depicted a nuclear attack on the United States," Nauert told a news briefing. "We don't regard that as the behavior of a responsible international player."

Putin had earlier revealed in a speech that his country had tested new nuclear weapons at the end of 2017.

According to Putin, Russia tested “a new intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach any point in the world."

"Russia has a missile of a kind that no country can intercept,” he added.

Putin said that any nuclear attack against Russia or its allies would be considered an attack, and that the Russian army “would respond accordingly.”


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