Putin on U.S. election meddling: Show us the evidence

NBC's Megyn Kelly Scores Second Putin Interview, Grills Him On ICBM Claims

The bellicose rhetoric is surely meant to rally political support for Putin's reelection on March 18, as well a reflection of Moscow's own insecurity, stemming from fears that new USA ballistic-missile defenses may eventually render Russia's nuclear deterrence ineffective.

She said it was "unfortunate" to watch a Russian video animation Putin showed during his address that she said depicted "a nuclear attack on the United States". No one listened to us then.

White told Pentagon reporters that American missile defense has never been about Russian Federation.

"The rally For Strong Russia, organized at the Luzhniki sports complex features more than 130,000 participants", she said.

Putin showed tests of a new missile complex of a type that he said is not owned by any other country.

The Pentagon recently mentioned Russia's work on two of those weapons: the underwater drone with intercontinental range and a hypersonic "glide vehicle", which is a weapon that Washington and Beijing also are working on. As well, since it's unmanned, the UUV is able to go to depths no other submarines can. The audience of senior officials and lawmakers broke into applause, giving him a standing ovation at one point.

"I did not see a map of Florida [there]", Peskov said.

"You will have to assess that new reality and become convinced that what I was said today isn't a bluff", he said. "Balalaika" for a futuristic nuclear-powered cruise missile capable of circling the globe. The playful offer evokes the Soviet-era tradition of giving the innocuous names to some of the deadliest weapons systems.

"They have not succeeded in holding Russian Federation back", said Putin, referring to the West.

"Russia has been developing destabilising weapons systems for more than a decade in direct violation of its treaty obligations".

The U.S. imposed sanctions against Russia in 2014, targeting individuals and slapping restrictions on the Russian banking, energy and technology sectors that limited their access to global capital markets and cooperation with foreign partners.

"This makes it absolutely invincible for any forms of air and missile defence", he boasted, calling it an 'ideal weapon'.

NBC's Megyn Kelly speaks with Vladimir Putin about his new missiles in an exclusive interview on Thursday.

He said that another new weapons system, called Kinzhal, already has been deployed in Russia's Southern Military District. "You have failed to contain Russian Federation".

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