Ex-CIA director: Trump has 'autocratic envy' toward Putin

05 March, 2018, 00:30 | Author: Marjorie Miles
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The interview also came after Putin had boasted about a new Russian weapon that could evade a US-built missile defence system.

A former Central Intelligence Agency director suggested Friday that President Donald Trump wishes he could behave more like an authoritarian in the style of Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying the US President has "autocratic envy" of his Russian counterpart.

She said it was "unfortunate" to watch a Russian video animation Putin showed during his address that she said depicted "a nuclear attack on the United States". "The point why this is so important is, we haven't heard this kind of thing, really, since the Cold War". No one listened to us then.

"We can not respond to that if they don't violate Russian laws", Putin told NBC's Megyn Kelly.

The US intelligence community concluded past year that Russia-linked actors interfered in the 2016 US election on specific orders from Putin.

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He said that the nuclear-powered cruise missile tested last fall has a "practically unlimited" range and high speed and maneuverability allowing it to pierce any missile defense.

In just one day, the suggestions have been pouring in: "Kraken" for a new underwater drone capable of blasting coastlines with a powerful nuclear explosion.

Putin said the USA should send Russia's general prosecutor an official request, instead of using alleged propaganda to attack the Kremlin.

A computer video showed the drone being launched by a submarine, cruising over the seabed, hitting an aircraft carrier and also exploding near the shore.

"All of those tests were successful", Putin told Kelly. "It's not a bluff, trust me". The playful offer evokes the Soviet-era tradition of giving the innocuous names to some of the deadliest weapons systems.

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"As we have repeatedly stated, the alliance's missile defense has not been developed and is not directed against Russian Federation, our system protects against ballistic missiles from beyond the Euro-Atlantic region", Lungescu added. "We're not surprised. These weapons that are discussed have been in development a very long time".

"Russia has no intention of entering an arms race", Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Friday, adding that the weapons presented by the Russian leader aimed to maintain a "strategic parity, which is essential for maintaining peace and stability".

Putin also announced a hypersonic missile called the Avangard that he claims can travel at 20 times the speed of sound, or roughly 7.5 km a second.

Putin, who polls indicate should be easily re-elected on March 18, backed his tough rhetoric with video clips of some of the new missiles he was talking about, which were projected on a giant screen behind him at the conference hall in central Moscow where he was addressing Russia's political elite.

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