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New Arms Race? Putin announces new strategic, nuclear-capable weapons

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Putin, “new high-speed cruise missile” “unlimited range” “can penetrate any missile defence”

The Guardian reports.

Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia had developed and was testing a new line of strategic, nuclear-capable weapons that would be able to outmanoeuvre US antiballistic missile defences, suggesting a new arms race between Moscow and the west.

Speaking in a nationally televised address to Russia’s political elite, the president showed both video and animation of Russian ICBMs, cruise missiles, and other weapons that he said Russia had developed as a result of the US pulling out of the 1972 antiballistic missile treaty signed with the Soviet Union.

“You didn’t listen to our country then,” Putin said during the speech, where he said that some of the weapons were already being tested. “Listen to us now.”

The remarks came during a state of the union speech heavy on economic promises for the Russian people and sabre-rattling against the US in a presentation widely viewed as Putin’s first stump speech for Russian elections, set for 18 March. He is expected to win a fourth term as president.

More details soon …

The Russian state funded French language Sputnik adds that ‘supersonic’ weapons are planned,

La Russie possède des armes hypersoniques, a déclaré jeudi le Président Poutine dans son message annuel au Parlement.

«La Russie possède des armes de ce type [hypersoniques]», a déclaré Vladimir Poutine jeudi en prononçant son discours annuel devant l’Assemblée fédérale (parlement) russe.

Sky News has just confirmed this,

Russia developing nuclear arsenal ‘immune to interception’, Vladimir Putin claims

The Russian President claims a new high-speed cruise missile has an unlimited range and can penetrate any missile defence.

Comment.

There will doubtless be  renewed concern about nuclear weapons.

It would be unfortunate if left-wing opinion were now  to focus on this issue.

It would be extremely unhelpful if, for example, the Stop the War Coalition were to mount a campaign on a potential new nuclear arms race.

The horrors of Syria, in which Russian intervention and the actions of Assad’s regime, Turkey’s armed incursion against the Kurds and their allies, not to mention the killings by the genociders of Daesh, have have taken place without nuclear arms playing any part.

One may not agree with everything Patrick Cockburn says but his latest article puts these issues where they rightly are, centre stage.

Syria: Attack on Afrin will bring devastation and suffering like that seen in Eastern Ghouta, Kurds warn

The Wars in Syria: In the first of a new series, a senior Kurdish official tells Patrick Cockburn that conflict in Syria will last at least another four years, with no end in sight for civilian suffering

 

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Written by Andrew Coates

March 1, 2018 at 12:49 pm

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  1. People doubt they will be as silent on the arms race story….

    Andrew Coates

    March 1, 2018 at 1:10 pm

  2. News on Afrin:

    https://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2018/03/01/british-trade-union-solidarity-with-syrian-kurds/

    Horrible though the Turkish Erdogan army/’Free Syrian Army’ butchery in Afrin is; and though there should be much more opposition against it; that is not an argument at all against the need for a strong campaign for the abolition of all nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons would kill al life on earth, not just in Afrin.

    petrel41

    March 1, 2018 at 1:23 pm

  3. No doubt Andrew Murray and The Morning Star will find a way of justifying it all. Not forgetting CND of course.

    Dave Roberts

    March 1, 2018 at 7:00 pm

  4. Yep, for the Morning Star, Russian boots are meant for licking. Which is odd as Putin is an even bigger capitalist than Trump.

    Steven Johnston

    March 2, 2018 at 11:24 am

  5. Having just seen Loveless -during which there is a sequence in which the state propaganda machine on the telly is broadcasting a madly distorted version of the conflict in the Ukraine – I find it even harder to see why anybody would admire present-day Russia’s military interventions.

    Andrew Coates

    March 2, 2018 at 12:21 pm

  6. Andrew, is it just a case of my enemy’s enemy or do they really admire Putin?

    Steven Johnston

    March 2, 2018 at 1:18 pm

  7. Perhaps they will try to justify it this way, as the NCP do with the DPRK?

    http://www.newworker.org/archive2017/nw20170901/dpr_korea_will_not_be_cowed.html

    http://www.newworker.org/archive2017/nw20170908/dpr_koreas_h_bomb_success.html

    Eat your heart out George Orwell! They out-Orwell, Orwell with their doublespeak.

    Steven Johnston

    March 2, 2018 at 1:28 pm

  8. Probably enemy’s enemy, but there are lingering warm feelings, mixed with critical judgements that Putin, is, after all, not a National Communist.

    Today, Morning Star, https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/article/putin-boasts-of-new-undetectable-nukes

    USSIAN President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual state of the nation speech today, dividing it between vague pledges to improve living standards, pensions and housing and boasting of a new generation of undetectable strategic nuclear weapons.

    He claimed that his country had achieved a technological breakthrough that could dramatically boost its military capability and global standing.

    President Putin said that Russia’s new weapons include a nuclear-powered cruise missile, a nuclear-powered underwater drone and new hypersonic missiles that have no equivalent elsewhere in the world.

    These weapons have made US-supplied missile defence shields “useless,” he claimed, and mean an effective end to Western efforts to stymie the country’s development.

    He noted that Russia had been compelled to develop new weapons since Washington has developed a missile defence system that threatened to undermine the Russian nuclear deterrent and ignored Moscow’s concerns about it.

    “No-one has listened to us. You listen to us now,” he said.

    Mr Putin faces election challenges on March 18, but his total domination of state and media resources makes it all but impossible for him to lose.

    Despite this, his state of the nation speech, doubling as his election manifesto, promises to “expand freedom in all spheres and strengthen institutions of democracy, local government, structures of civil society and courts.”

    The president said it was the government’s duty to improve living conditions for the elderly and a programme of systematic support should be developed to achieve this.

    “Our duty is to support the older generation. Elderly people must have decent conditions for their lives and we must increase pensions. They need to be regularly indexed and higher than the level of inflation,” he suggested.

    Mr Putin also spoke of modernising the country’s infrastructure, doubling expenditure to transform towns and cities and spending 11 trillion roubles (£145 billion) on the road network.

    • Challengers for the presidency include Russia’s largest strawberry grower Pavel Grudinin, proposed by the Communist Party, veteran extreme nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky, former favourite of the West Grigory Yavlinsky, businessman Boris Titov, who works closely with the president, Sergei Baburin, another Putin courtier, and Ksenia Sobchak, daughter of the president’s late political mentor Anatoly Sobchak.

    Andrew Coates

    March 2, 2018 at 1:50 pm


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