Russia says U.S. accusation of arms race not true

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By Middle East Affairs

After Russia surprised everyone on Thursday by unveiling new hypersonic weapons and submarines during the president’s state of the nation, Western allies became distressed.

Three weeks before the Russian elections, President Vladimir Putin showed video montages of “missiles crossing mountains and oceans, including the Atlantic,” AFP reports.

Putin said the weapons would only be used in self-defense, but he also noted that the weapons would “render Western missile defense systems obsolete,” according to the news agency.

U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed their worries over this in a phone conversation, and NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said in a statement that arms in Europe were not directed at Russia.

“Russian statements threatening to target Allies are unacceptable and counterproductive,” she said in the statement.

However, Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Putin, said Russia “categorically reject(s)” the accusation and that Russia is not violating international law on disarmament and arms control.

However, Putin presented the new weapons as a response to the United States’ recent announcement that there are plans to revamp the western nation’s nuclear arsenal.

“No one really wanted to talk to us basically. No one listened to us then. Listen to us now,” Putin said.

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