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A Washington Post report quoted Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White as saying USA officials were "not surprised" by Putin's comments. It specifically points to a Russian doctrine known as "escalate to de-escalate", in which Moscow would use or threaten to use lower-yield nuclear weapons in a limited, conventional conflict in Europe in the belief that doing so would compel the U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to back down.

Putin also showed a computer simulation of the new tech, which demonstrated how one of the missiles could zoom around the world, passing mountains, dodging defense systems, and curving Africa before ultimately hitting its target off the coast of Florida.

Mr Putin said on Thursday that Moscow has tested an array of new strategic nuclear weapons that can not be intercepted, and told the West: "You have failed to contain Russian Federation".

Moscow has been angered by NATO's expansion into former Soviet satellite states in eastern Europe and Putin warned that Russian Federation would respond to any attack on one of its allies, though he said it would only ever be defensive in nature.

The speech came in the same month that the Pentagon released a new nuclear arms policy, which followed on from a promise by the USA president, Donald Trump, to develop an arsenal "so strong and powerful that it will deter any acts of aggression".

"As the president's nuclear posture review made clear, America is moving forward to modernize our nuclear arsenal and ensure our capabilities are unmatched", Sanders said. Putin promises that Russia's new missiles will stay close to the ground and travel too quickly for ground defenses to react. She said it was "unfortunate" to watch the Russian video animation Putin showed depicting "a nuclear attack on the United States".

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Geist said, ideally the Russians would carry the Status-6 in a submarine and park in the Arctic, where it would be hard for USA subs to find them. "I should specifically say that Russia's growing military strength is not a threat to anyone; we have never had any plans to use this potential for offensive - let alone aggressive - goals". And in the USA, it was President Obama who set in motion a major modernisation of the nuclear triad - its air, land and sea-based nuclear systems.

"All of those tests were successful", Putin told Kelly.

He said the drone can carry a nuclear weapon to target both aircraft carrier groups and coastal facilities, adding that "there are no means in the world to counter it now". But in this case, if it's a threat to the very existence of the Russian state.

The speech opened with an emphasis on improving the quality of life for the Russian people, which Putin explained would come through technology breakthroughs and a focus on reducing poverty.

The Kelly interview with Putin will continue with clips "in the coming days", Holt said.

In his remarks, Putin pointed to the USA as the problem, saying that the U.S. position "reduces the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons", and pointing out that Washington has unilaterally walked away from arms control treaties with Moscow in the past.