During his speech on Thursday where he presented new advanced Russian weapons, Russian President Vladimir Putin showed an animated video of his new nuclear missile with unlimited range hitting President Donald Trump’s home state of Florida.
Putin praised the Kremlin’s military power during his annual address to the Russian Parliament, emphasizing new weaponry that renders NATO missile defenses “completely useless.” He got everyone’s attention with the animation-backed claims of nuclear-capable weapons that elude air-defense systems as well as his “invincible” missiles that travel at hypersonic speed.
“Any use of nuclear weapons against Russia or its allies, any kind of attack, will be regarded as a nuclear attack against Russia, and in response, we will take action instantaneously no matter what the consequences are,” Putin said, adding that “nobody should have any doubt about that.”
Putin used his Thursday’s speech to promote Russia’s might under his presidency as he faces re-election mid-March.
“Russia still has the greatest nuclear potential in the world, but nobody listened to us,” he said. “Listen now.”
Politico reports that to drive home his point, Putin spoke as a video showed multiple nuclear warheads streaking through space before showering down on what appears to be the outline of the state of Florida.
“But even this is not the end,” Putin said. “We’ve developed new strategic weapons that don’t use ballistic trajectory at all, which means that missile defense will be useless against it.”
Meanwhile, CNN national security analyst Samantha Vinograd stated that Putin’s speech was aimed at Trump, who is under pressure by the several investigations into the possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
“I do think Vladimir Putin was speaking to one audience,” she said. “It wasn’t anyone in Russia. It was Donald Trump. He was trying to get the President distracted from anything that Trump may be doing to hold Russia accountable for the ongoing attack on the United States,” she said.
“The President’s inaction makes Vladimir Putin think, ‘Why wouldn’t I say all this? Why wouldn’t I show that I can violate treaties and laws and talk about strategic attacks all around the world?’ Vladimir Putin has no reason to feel constrained in any way.”