Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted about his nation’s military powers by announcing a new type of invincible missile that could send nuclear warheads raining down on any target around the globe. In a controversial concept video that the head of state showed, the missiles appeared to be targeting Florida.
Putin showed the video during his annual State of the Nation address in front of the Russian Parliament. The president spoke about the Russian military’s resurgence, saying that the new missiles would render the defenses of NATO nations “completely useless.”
“We’ve developed new strategic weapons that don’t use ballistic trajectory at all, which means that missile defense will be useless against it,” Putin said. The Russian leader also said that the new weapon’s range is unlimited, and it can maneuver for an unlimited period.
In his address, Putin stressed any use of nuclear arms against Russia or its allies would be deemed a nuclear attack against Russia, “and in response, we will take action instantaneously no matter what the consequences are. Nobody should have any doubt about that.”
The concept video, which was well received by the Russian officials, also showed the new weaponry being launched into the sky and flying around the globe. The footage also showed multiple nuclear warheads flying through space before being set upon what looked like the outline of the state of Florida.
Florida is considered as U.S. President Trump’s home away from home, as he has spent a number of weekends there since he took office.
The Pentagon said it was not surprised by Putin’s claims, but they assured the American public that the country’s defenses are fully prepared. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert criticized the video as irresponsible.
“It was certainly unfortunate to have watched the video animation that depicted a nuclear attack on the United States,” Nauert said. “That’s certainly something that we did not enjoy watching. We don’t regard that as the behavior of a responsible international player.”