Putin sets course for new U.S. race with 'invincible' weapons

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"I did not see a map of Florida [there]", Peskov said.

In answer to another question on Friday, Russian news agencies reported that Putin had said he would still want to live in the here and now if he could choose what period of history to live in.

The United States government said these are false claims and made many people comment about how this is reminiscent of the Cold War arms rivalry. "Give us materials. Give us information". "U.S. defense capabilities are, and will, remain second to none", she told reporters.

According to Putin, the weapons include a nuclear-powered cruise missile, a nuclear-powered underwater drone, and a new hypersonic missile.

The Russian leader said that another new weapon called Avangard is an intercontinental hypersonic missile that would fly to targets at a speed 20 times the speed of sound and strike "like a meteorite, like a fireball".

The office of US Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians and three firms last month with interfering in the 2016 presidential vote as part of what it called a conspiracy to support Donald Trump and disparage Hillary Clinton.

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Just last month the U.S. cast Russian Federation as the main reason it needs to develop two new nuclear weapons: A lower-yield warhead for a submarine-launched ballistic missile and a sea-launched nuclear cruise missile.

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a rally to support his bid in the upcoming presidential election at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia March 3, 2018. That race, he said, was kicked off when the U.S. pulled out of a 30-year anti-ballistic-missile treaty with the Soviet Union and Russian Federation.

Congressman Mac Thornberry, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said that for too long presidents of both parties have let all sorts of persistent Russian aggression go unanswered, whether violations of multiple treaties, election meddling, planting fake news stories, or invading sovereign countries.

"The old man only perked up when he was talking about how he can destroy the world".

The US intelligence community concluded past year that Russia-linked actors interfered in the 2016 US election on specific orders from Putin.

Boosted by a slavish media and foreign military adventures such as the annexation of Crimea in 2014, his approval rating remains sky-high and official polls suggest he will take nearly 70 per cent of the vote.

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