Trump speaks with Merkel, Macron over phone on Syria, Russia

Trump speaks with Merkel, Macron over phone on Syria, Russia

Trump speaks with Merkel, Macron over phone on Syria, Russia

The U.S. nuclear capacity is strong enough to deter even Russia's new nuclear weapons, the Pentagon said Thursday, adding that the ready to defend itself at any time.

At the conclusion of Thursday's address, Putin said Russian Federation is not planning on using these missiles, but he did declare that they will view "any use of nuclear weapons against Russian Federation or its allies, be it of small, medium or any force, as a nuclear attack on our country". "It may appear someday, but by that time, we will develop something new".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said President Donald Trump understands the threats facing the United States and our allies.

Although Putin said his announcement was meant to get the attention of the U.S., he also said he was open to talks with Washington.

The State Department expressed concern over the Russian video, along with the Putin speech, which targeted the U.S.

Mr Putin showed tests of a new missile complex of a type that he said is not owned by any other country. News' Megyn Kelly posed that question to the Russian strongman in an exclusive video after his presentation to the Duma, pressing Putin on his nuclear doctrine.

"All Allies support arms control agreements which build trust and confidence, for everyone's benefit", North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said in a statement.

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"The way (Putin) is able to govern, the things Putin is able to say, the way things seem responsive to Putin without the institutions of government pushing back on him", Hayden said.

The spokesman said Russia's nuclear doctrine explicitly outlines circumstances that permit the use of such weapons - including a nuclear attack on Russia or an attack by other weapons that threaten Russian security.

"My point of view is the individuals who have said that a new Cold War has started are not really analysts".

"It was certainly unfortunate to have watched the video animation that depicted a nuclear attack on the United States", she said.

Putin contended he could not take action unless it went through official channels.

The 65-year-old vowed to cut the country's "unacceptable" poverty rate in half over six years, but said 22 million fewer Russians were now living below the poverty line than when he was first elected president.

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