United States dismisses Putin remarks as 'propaganda'

The Kremlin is reportedly deeply concerned by the fall in Putin's personal approval ratings in recent months

Putin rejected the USA claim that its withdrawal from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty was prompted by Russian violations of the pact.

According to terms of the original INF agreement, Moscow and Washington are obligated to six months of negotiations over differences, which, if unresolved, constitute full withdrawal from the treaty.

"Our American partners should have just said so honestly rather than make far-fetched accusations against Russian Federation to justify their unilateral withdrawal from the Treaty".

Putin, speaking in Wednesday's state-of-the-nation address, rejected the US claim that its withdrawal from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty was prompted by Russian violations of the pact.

The treaty, concluded by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, banned the development and deployment of land-based missiles with a range of 500-5,500km and was widely credited with banishing nuclear missiles from Europe.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that his proposal for the United States to calculate the range and speed of Russia's weapons is not a threat but rather a proposal to consider the possible consequences.

"They will only take 10-12 minutes to reach Moscow", he said.

"This is a very serious threat to us", Putin said.

Putin said the US accusations were "unfounded" and were used to "justify (America's) withdrawal from the treaty".

He did not say what specific new weapons Moscow could deploy, but he reported quick progress on an array of new systems presented a year ago. "Within this year [Russians] should feel changes for the better".

Last year, Putin used the address to unveil a new arsenal of weapons in a almost two-hour speech that stunned the West and many in Russian Federation.

Putin said the first submarine equipped to carry the Poseidon will be commissioned later this year.

Russian Federation tests the RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile, a weapon with a projected range of 6,800 miles and said capable of delivering multiple nuclear warheads over either the North or South Pole, March 30, 2018. An attack with intermediate-range missiles would leave effectively no time for decision-makers to react, raising the possibility of a world nuclear conflict over a false launch warning. The Defense Ministry said Wednesday the Kinzhal has been successfully tested at a range exceeding 1,000 kilometers (more than 620 miles) against both sea and land targets.

Putin said that they won't be the first to place, "new intermediate-range missiles", in Europe, but warned that the government will use their new weapons against the us should it decide to do so.

While the countries have 6 months to create a new treaty, that does not seem likely. He said Moscow hopes to mend ties with the United States, adding that "we don't want confrontation, particularly with such a global power as the U.S".

The Russian president also criticized the USA for implementing new sanctions on them, in order to punish the nation for their attacks on Ukrainian naval vessels back in November.

President Vladimir Putin promised Russians rapid improvements in their living conditions as he kicked off his annual state of the nation address on Wednesday.

Almost an hour into this year's speech, Putin had yet to address any global issues.

"We must form a civilized and safe waste-management system", Putin said, promising efforts to close dumps and boost recycling, which is almost non-existent in Russian Federation.

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