Putin earned a rare rebuke Monday from President Donald Trump, who called him "irresponsible" for showing off the weapons in a speech to Russia's Federal Assembly last week that was laced with anti-American rhetoric ahead of March 18 presidential election.
"This was a signal to the West, the U.S.in particular, that Russia is ready for nuclear isolationism", said Andrei Kortunov, head of the Russian International Affairs Council, a Kremlin-established research group.
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"The entire system of work to counter extremism should operate effectively", Putin said at a meeting of the FSB's board, according to a Kremlin press release.
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What prompted Russia's interest in reheating Cold War-era animosities remains a subject of debate among security analysts.
Stoltenberg renewed his call for Russian Federation to abide by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty that the United States said Putin had breached by his announcement last week.
"We are here based on a request from Abadi", he said. Still, "it's not important if Putin was bluffing", said Golts. "This is a very strong argument for those who want to develop the US military potential".
The order-book of Russian arms exports stands at US$45 billion with $15 billion new orders singed at the end of 2017 which was double that of the previous year. It seems far from impossible that the United States would decide to increase its nuclear footprint in Eastern Europe.