Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, attends a a forum, organized by the Russian Popular Front in Kaliningrad, Russia, Friday March 2, 2018. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
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The Kremlin Friday said Russia will not be part of a new arms race as the United States and NATO voiced concern over Vladimir Putin's boasts of new "invincible" weapons.Putin stunned the West – and many in Russia – Thursday by using his state of the nation address to unveil a new arsenal of hypersonic weapons and submarines less than three weeks before an election is expected to extend his rule until 2024 .Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov rejected accusations Russia was violating any arms control agreements.Putin presented Russia's military efforts as a response to actions by the United States, which last month unveiled plans to revamp its own nuclear arsenal and develop new low-yield atomic weapons.
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