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Putin announces he has nuclear weapons that can’t be shot down by America

Russia President Vladimir Putin is known for stirring up a crowd — but he took it to the next level during his recent State of the Nation address.

From his podium in Moscow, Putin announced on Thursday that Russia has developed an “unstoppable” nuclear cruise missile that can hit any target on the globe — and cannot be stopped by any missile interception system currently in use.

Putin, who is just over two weeks away from likely re-election, also threatened to use these missiles against the United States if attacked, saying, “Russia remained a nuclear power, but no one wanted to listen to us. Listen to us now.”

The Missile Claim

According to Putin’s speech, Russia’s new arsenal boasts nuclear-powered cruise missiles, underwater drones, and hypersonic missiles. The hypersonic offering is part of the latest push to develop smaller bombs that are more maneuverable and can be used in a conflict on a smaller scale.

Putin claimed that the smaller rocket, named the Avangard, can travel up to 20 times the speed of sound — over 13,000 mph — and hit, “like a meteorite, like a fireball.”

The leader also stated that the Avangard has an “unlimited range” and “cannot be intercepted.” Putin said that he will not hesitate to use the new weapons if President Donald Trump chooses to attack Russia, expressing concern over U.S. nuclear policy.

“We are greatly concerned,” Putin told Russian lawmakers, “by some parts of the new nuclear posture, which reduces the benchmark for the use of nuclear weapons. Whatever soothing words one may try to use behind closed doors, we can read what was written.”

But Is He Serious?

Though Trump and Putin have appeared to be mutually respectful toward each other in the past, Putin’s latest remarks came as a warning that Russia should not be underestimated.

“Any use of nuclear weapons against Russia or its allies, be it small-scale, medium-scale or any other scale, will be treated as a nuclear attack on our country,” Putin stated. “The response will be instant and with all the relevant consequences.”

The threats to the United States and other nations around the world are somewhat to expected; any world leader would be expected to defend his nation against a nuclear attack, and Putin’s words are hardly beyond the pale. Additionally, it remains unclear whether Russia truly holds the vast nuclear powers that Putin suggests.

Still, Putin sent a message to the world on Wednesday: he will not be stopped.

“I want to tell all those who have fueled the arms race over the last 15 years, sought to win unilateral advantages over Russia, introduced unlawful sanctions aimed to contain our country’s development,” Putin said, “you have failed to contain Russia.”

The White House had not yet commented on Putin’s statements on Thursday.