Putin: We'll use nukes if anyone attacks Russian Federation with anything

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday told NBC News that Russia had not been presented with evidence from the USA that Russian nationals meddled in the 2016 presidential election and said he wouldn't charge the parties involved if they didn't "violate Russian laws".

The United States government said these are false claims and made many people comment about how this is reminiscent of the Cold War arms rivalry.

Putin said Russian Federation developed the weapons due to the USA withdrawal from the 1972 anti-ballistic missile treaty signed with the Soviet Union.

In comments Thursday on Twitter, Dmitri Trenin, the director of the Carnegie Moscow Center, said: "Giving half the time in the annual address to the Russian parliament to a graphic description of new weapons' capabilities is a measure of how close the United States and Russia have moved toward military collision".

Russia's new Sarmat intercontinental missile can take an arbitrary path to its target and circumnavigate any enemy defences.

"No one has listened to us", he said.

The video footage also contained a computer generated sequence showing the potential power and reach of the new rocket, which included bombs raining down over the USA state of Florida.

Putin tells Kelly that Russia will respond with nuclear weapons under two conditions - if anyone attacks Russia with nuclear weapons, aaaaaand ... if anyone attacks Russia with anything else, too.

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Kelly said that Putin said the same thing when she last interviewed him in June 2017 before the latest indictments.

But in answer to another question - if he could choose what period of history to live in - Putin said he prefers to live in the present day, Russian news agencies reported.

The Defence Security Cooperation Agency said Ukraine has asked President Donald Trump's United States administration for permission to buy 210 missiles and 37 launchers at a cost of around US$47 million.

While the USA shouldn't discount "all that Putin said on nukes", tweeted Steven Pifer, a former foreign service diplomat in Moscow and US ambassador to Ukraine, the message was "aimed first & foremost at #Russian public".

During his state of the nation speech, Vladimir Putin said: "No one was listening, now you will listen".

The hypersonic vehicle "flies at a speed 20 times the speed of sound. and it can maneuver thousands of kilometers up and down and right to left", Putin said, gesticulating energetically.

Putin's bombshell announcement comes as he is set to easily win another six-year presidential term in the March 18 election.

"The collapse of the Soviet Union", Putin immediately shot back. In fact, the USA has been well aware of Putin's desire to raise Russia's geopolitical influence and military threat back to Cold War levels.