US trying to interfere in our presidential poll: Russia

Posted March 06, 2018

News about the deliberations at the Pentagon comes a day after Russian strongman Vladimir Putin threatened the U.S. by announcing new weaponry - including a nuclear-powered missile that can evade defense systems and hit any spot on the globe.

Numerous entries on Friday reflected the wry dark humor Russians are known for. Western sanctions were imposed on Russia and Russian nationals after the Kremlin's annexation of the Crimean peninsula.

The kraken - a fictional very big Arctic sea monster that was made popular by the "Pirates of the Caribbean" film series - seemed to reflect the nature of the nuclear-powered drone meant to sneak close to the shore unnoticed and slam a heavy nuclear warhead into the coast.

There were quite a few four-letter entries as well.

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But then, when he was asked whether these people could be extradited to the United States, the Russian leader stressed: "Never".

"The missile's name should honor our guys who died in Syria", Kadyrov said.

Russian diplomats have sought to spread the contest beyond Russia's borders, with the Russian Embassy in Washington tweeting a link to the Defense Ministry's website.

Putin blamed the US decision in 2002 to pull out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and develop its global defense shield for prompting Russian Federation to develop its new arsenal. Putin said initial production is underway.

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The system in Alaska and California has drawn criticism for its high cost and questionable record; only 10 of the system's 18 intercept tests since 1999 have hit their targets. "It's like science fiction". "We'll be prepared to look at them and talk about it", he said.

"Radicalism, whatever political or ideological nature it has, is in essence destructive, and we're obliged to protect the country and people's future from this threat", said Putin.

Peskov rejected an assertion that Putin's speech, one of his most bellicose in years, would deepen Russia's worldwide isolation and said it did not herald the start of a new arms race.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said during an interview with NBC's Megyn Kelly that he would not be able to respond to the US's accusations of Russian election interference if the underlying conduct did not violate Russian law.

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The Pentagon on Thursday dismissed Putin's boasts about developing a new array of nuclear weapons, saying America's missile defense is ready to protect the nation but is not directed at Russian Federation.