Speaking to the lawmakers at his annual address, Putin warned that Moscow would consider any nuclear attack, irrespective of its size, on it or its allies as an attack on Russia and would retaliate immediately by adopting Cold War-style overtones.
The Russian President, however, did not specify any of Moscow's allies or cite any immediate threats. He asserted that Russia had responded to the United States development of missile defense shields by developing its nuclear weapons resistant to any attack, The Washington Post reported.
On the big screen behind him during the address, video footage and computer graphics showed off the new weapons. In one animation, a missile launched from Russia was shown flying across the Atlantic Ocean, rounding the southern tip of South America and finally heading up the Pacific Ocean toward the US.
The speech, which was broadcast on Russian television, comes less than three weeks before the presidential elections on March 18, where Putin is set to win his fourth term as the president. (ANI)