Putin says he'd reverse Soviet collapse if he could

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Putin also announced a hypersonic missile called the Avangard that he claims can travel at 20 times the speed of sound, or roughly 7.5 km a second.

US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May agreed during a phone call that Russian President Vladimir Putin's claim that Russia had nuclear weapons that could evade US anti-missile defense systems was "irresponsible".

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a ceremony to present national award and to mark the Defender of the Fatherland Day at the Kremlin in Moscow on February 23, 2018.

As BBC News reported, Putin said his new cruise missile can carry a nuclear payload, has unlimited range and an unpredictable flight path that can bypass lines of interception and is "invincible in the face of all existing and future systems of both missile defense and air defense".

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The animated videos show Russian warheads speeding toward Florida and missiles outmaneuvering obstacles in the southern Atlantic.

"It is necessary to improve the state system for detecting, preventing, and dealing with the aftermath of computer attacks against Russia's information resources", he said. He says Moscow will "be prepared to look at them and talk about it". Moscow has also been denying allegations of trying to influence the US presidential election.

The idea rose to new heights in the 1980s with President Ronald Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative, or Star Wars, which envisioned a shield guarding the United States from Soviet nuclear missiles like "a roof protects a family from rain". "Nobody, but Russian Federation, has a hypersonic weapon", the source underlined. He also pushed for an increase in hypersonics as part of this year's budget process, he said. Still, "it's not important if Putin was bluffing", said Golts. "This is a very strong argument for those who want to develop the US military potential". The Trump administration also plans to expand its missile-defense program to counter threats from Russian Federation and China, rather than just rogue nations such as Iran and North Korea, according to a draft strategy due for release this month, The Washington Post reported Friday.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation says Russian President Vladimir Putin's threat to target its members are unacceptable and that the military alliance will continue using its armed forces to deter aggression.

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Most importantly, President Trump should order a new Manhattan Project focused on strategic defenses that may become the basis for a new Republican-Democrat consensus that is politically sustainable.

One area for improvement is infrastructure to test the weapons, Walker said.

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