Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Putin Says He Will 'Never' Extradite Russians Charged By Mueller

Putin Says He Will 'Never' Extradite Russians Charged By Mueller

Russia's move to deploy new weapons with multiple warheads, then, is risky and escalatory. However, he also said he did not want to change one historical period for another and would rather focus on a prosperous future for Russian Federation.

But sources told the news outlet that a draft of the document - which is expected to be released in late March - also will address the need to consider threats from Russian Federation and China.

Russian Federation has a new class of weapons, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, that could make US defenses obsolete.

With ties between Russian Federation and the USA roiled by allegations of Kremlin meddling in the 2016 US presidential elections and deepening confrontation in Syria, the two powers risk a return to unbridled nuclear competition as the chances diminish of rescuing decades-old arms control agreements.

As a result, the Pentagon isn't pursuing a shield against all missile threats from Russian Federation and China.

"Moreover, an opinion that circulates in USA military circles is that strategic stability no longer exists and the United States has the capacity to deal a crushing blow to Russia,"The announcement of Russia's advanced weaponry destroys this stereotype". Therefore, the key issue for USA policymakers is balancing the benefits of constructive technological engagement with Russian Federation against the risks that Russian Federation could leverage transferred scientific knowledge to modernize and strengthen its military.

The Pentagon's chief spokeswoman, Dana W. White, emphasized in a briefing Thursday that USA missile defenses aren't trained on Russian Federation and remain focused on rogue nations. "And so I think that was a good springboard for them into the missile defense review and other work that they're doing to look at defending against hypersonics".

But some ethicists say the standard rules of conduct, keeping that evidence private until trial, might not apply in a case involving an attack on the foundation of democracy.

The source described West's policies regarding Moscow as "strategic blindness to Russian Federation and its capabilities".

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Critics warn that these systems encourage competitors to develop more sophisticated arms, are expensive and have questionable effectiveness.

Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan: Absolutely, I think this is a particularly tough period of time, when there is a global power transition, countries are looking at whether this missile defense system or any other missile system, there is a sign of competition, there's a lot of suspicion in competition, so it is a time indeed for a potentially new arms race [to emerge] out of the new technologies and new weapons systems that are coming out.

"We know they're developing some new systems with a longer range and a larger payload", Wright said.

The Sarmat is a replacement for the Voevoda, or SS-18, the biggest and most deadly Soviet-era missile of the Cold War.

David Wright, a physicist and missile expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists, told Business Insider that the idea of an "unstoppable" cruise missile going around the world without being detected is "fiction", since it'd heat up to an extreme degree.

Powered by nuclear energy and launched from submarines that can hit aircraft carriers and coastal cities with conventional or nuclear warheads across intercontinental distances. The United States denies it has done so. The military and its allies also operate sea and land missile defense systems in Europe and Asia. Putin said the propulsion system was tested successfully late previous year.

The Trump administration delayed publication of an initial draft of the new policy, according to US officials, and began reworking it out of concern that it focused too squarely on North Korea and Iran.

He added that Russia's move also shouldn't be surprising in the context of history: After George W. Bush withdrew the USA from the Antiballistic Missile Treaty in 2001, a Russian general told the New York Times the move "will alter the nature of the worldwide strategic balance in freeing the hands of a series of countries to restart an arms buildup".

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