> Several points of their renewed US nuclear strategy which lowered the threshold of using nuclear weapons provokes great concern.>> The US says it was unsurprised by the comments, and that its missile defense system is not about Russia.
>> He addressed the US directly. He said that any attack on Russia's allies is an attack on Russia itself. And he demonstrated a very impressive array of new weaponry, which he said, and this is a quote, to the US, and he said this is not a bluff. This is serious, Russia means business.
>> Putin's remarks come as NATO and Russia are deadlocked in a massive build up of troops in Eastern Europe. Levels not seen since the Cold War. Using video presentations, the president said his new weapon would be difficult for any anti-missile systems to intercept. He also mentioned underwater nuclear drones and super sonic and laser weapons.
The Russian leader stated the doctrine is purely defensive in response to countries like the United States.>>
Indeed, anti-western rhetoric is a common tactic Putin uses to ramp up his support at home.>> But at the same time, it wasn't only bellicose, it was not only militaristic. He opened the speech with a stress on the fact that if Russia falls behind in the most important change in the world today which is for him the technological revolution, then Russia will be left behind.
>> Putin is widely expected to win the March 17th election even though Thursday's speech is the first time he's given an indication of his plans for the next six years.