Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked the Federal Security Bureau (FSB) for securing the secrecy of developing new types of weapons. "They are working diligently on Russian Federation, using the most modern methods, spy craft and technical espionage means".
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In his annual state-of-the-nation speech in Moscow, Putin said the weapons include a nuclear-powered cruise missile, a nuclear-powered underwater drone and new hypersonic missile and showed video footage the launch of a new heavy intercontinental ballistic missile on big screens.
The State Department called the video animation "cheesy" and said it was "unfortunate" that it depicted "a nuclear attack on the United States".
The Russian military budget, reduced to 2.77 trillion roubles (US$48.5 billion) this year from 3.05 trillion roubles in 2017 amid belt-tightening because of a stagnant economy, is a fraction of United States defence spending.
According to the President, activity of foreign intelligence against Russian Federation has increased over the last years. Still, "it's not important if Putin was bluffing", said Golts.
"The skill to work effectively even amid political provocations and economic subversive acts underlines the strong points of the domestic system of military and technical cooperation, its sustainability and huge potential", the Russian leader stressed. According to Sushenstov, the end of the Cold War gave US leaders an illusion that they can easily ignore "inconvenient" Russian Federation. The Trump administration also plans to expand its missile-defence programme 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 on Friday.
Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout being extradited to the United States in 2010 (from Thailand).