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Putin says ‘no one in the world has anything like’ all-powerful nuclear missile

Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted Thursday that his country has developed a nuclear missile with an unlimited range and completely immune to enemy intercept.

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Speaking during an annual state-of-the-nation speech in Moscow, Putin said the ballistic missile is capable of penetrating any missile defense and can reach virtually any target around the world. “No defense systems will be able to withstand it,” he said.

NATO has nicknamed this missile — an RS-28 Sarmat rocket — “Satan 2.” Russian media has claimed it could entirely wipe out an area the size of Texas or France.

Neither the White House nor the U.S. defense community offered immediate reaction. Putin has a track record of talking up his country’s military and technological prowess.

Putin also unveiled what he said was Russia’s new advanced weapons technology. His two-hour address included video clips of underwater drones and intercontinental missiles. Putin delivered a warning to the United States over its pursuit of anti-missile defense systems. “Efforts to contain Russia have failed, face it,” he said.

“Nobody listened to us. Well, listen to us now,” Putin added, referring to accusations that Washington has been violating non-nuclear proliferation agreements by assisting countries from Poland to Japan to establish global anti-missile systems.

It follows claims by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday that the U.S. is training armed forces in Europe on how to use nuclear weapons against Russia. In his Thursday address , Putin said its new nuclear rocket effectively renders U.S. missile defense systems around the world meaningless.

“No one in the world has anything like (this weapon),” Putin said. “It may appear someday, but by that time we will develop something new.”

Still, Malcom Chalmers, a defense expert at the Royal United Services Institute, a defense and security think tank, said it wasn’t clear that Putin’s announcement actually represented new or novel Russian military capability.

“This is Putin emphasizing that his country’s new generation of missiles will be able to overcome any missile-defense systems,” he said. “Russia has been able to hit targets in the U.S. and around the world since the 1960s. We also need to view his words in the context of a Russian election this month. The topic has popular appeal.”

One of President Trump’s first acts in office was to order Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to conduct a “nuclear posture review.” Mattis’ report was published in February.

It concluded that the U.S. “now faces a more diverse and advanced nuclear-threat environment than ever before, with considerable dynamism in potential adversaries’ development and deployment programs for nuclear weapons and delivery systems.”

The report intensely focuses on Russia, and to a lesser extent, China.

“They have added new types of nuclear capabilities to their arsenals, increased the salience of nuclear forces in their strategies and plans, and engaged in increasingly aggressive behavior, including in outer space and cyber space,” the report says.

Saudi Arabia: We do not need German arms

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has slammed Germany’s decision to stop arms exports to Saudi Arabia due to its active military presence in Yemen.

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“If Germany has a problem with supplying weapons to Saudi Arabia, we would not put Germany under pressure. We don’t need your weapons. We would get them from somewhere else,” he said in an interview with the German news agency DPA, published on Friday.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s caretaker government announced last month that it would stop approving arms exports to all parties involved in the Yemen conflict.

A coalition agreement this month between Merkel’s Christian Democrats and Social Democrats also pledged to stop arms exports to countries that were directly involved in the Yemen war.

Al-Jubeir criticized the German government for adopting an “inconsistent” policy on arms sales.

“Will Germany also stop supplying arms to states which are fighting against Daesh in Syria and Iraq? Will Germany stop arms exports to all countries which are fighting against Taliban in Afghanistan?” he asked.

The minister recalled that the Saudi-led coalition had intervened in Yemen only after an invitation by Yemen’s legitimate government, which faced a coup staged by the Houthi militia.

“The Yemen war is a legitimate war,” he said.

Impoverished Yemen has been dogged by violence since late 2014, when Shia Houthi rebels overran much of the country.

The conflict escalated in 2015 when Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched a wide-ranging campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi gains.

Turkish FM calls on Iran and Russia. Enough have died in Syria’s Ghouta

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Friday that Syrian government airstrikes in eastern Ghouta were unacceptable, and called on Russia and Iran to put pressure on Damascus authorities.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu

“Russia and Iran must stop the regime. Since the beginning of the clashes until today, thousands of people in Eastern Ghouta have died. It’s enough. Russia must be sensitive about the ceasefire. Both countries [Russia and Iran] must take more responsibility,” Çavuşoğlu said, adding that an offensive by pro-government forces in the northern Syrian province of Idlib also violated a de-escalation agreement between Turkey, Iran and Russia.

“Russia and Iran are the guarantors for the Syrian regime. Turkey is the guarantor of the opposition. Our aim during the Astana process was to ensure the implementation of the Syrian ceasefire and form de-escalation zones. Violations conducted by the regime have increased lately. The air bombardments of Eastern Ghouta are unacceptable,” he added.

Çavuşoğlu stated that if the UN ceasefire proposal is approved, the fight against terrorist organizations will still continue.

“There are terrorist groups in Idlib. Armed terror organizations were allowed to leave. Now they are attacking the areas they were sent to. Let’s continue to fight against these terror groups together. The ceasefire proposal submitted to the UN today is a ceasefire between the regime and the opposition. However, the struggle against terrorist organizations will continue.

A new wave of bombs struck Syria’s eastern Ghouta unabated on Friday. For a sixth straight day, warplanes have pounded the densely populated agricultural pocket east of the capital, the last opposition bastion near Damascus.

The recent escalation has killed at least 426 people and injured hundreds more, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group says. The dead include at least 98 children.

Medical charities say jets have hit more than a dozen hospitals, making it near impossible to treat the wounded.

The Britain-based observatory said government warplanes and artillery hit Douma, Zamalka, and other towns across the enclave in the early hours on Friday.

Shoura council asks Saudi sports authority to support women sports

RIYADH: The Shoura Council has asked the General Authority of Sports (GAS) to help the organizational level of women’s sports to become an independent agency affiliated directly to the GAS Chairman.


The decision, based on a recommendation tabled by the House Committee of Social Affairs, Family and Youth, also asked the GAS to speed up development of sports cities and diversification of its functions in different parts of the Kingdom.

The Council, through its 15th ordinary session on Monday, called on the GAS to support sports activities of people with special needs through provision of suitable clubs and their enrollment in the normal clubs within programs suiting their needs.

In another decision, the Council approved the suitability of a study of amendments of articles 2, 75, 77, and 214 of the labor system.

The Shoura Council’s decision came after deliberations on a report presented by the House Committee of Social Affairs, Family and Youth on proposed amendments for some articles in the labor system.

The amendments are reportedly aimed at achieving a balance in contractual relations between the employer and his employees and stimulating the national cadres to work in the private sector with fair guarantees in case of termination for illegal reasons.

The Council also called on the Saudi Post Authority to speed up the initiative to shift into a commercially based authority, cope with the strategic plans of the national transformation program 2020 and increase the number of women employees in its branches.

Meanwhile, the Council asked the Economic Cities Authority to coordinate with the Ministry of Finance in providing the required government support for the next three years to meet its financial needs until it gets its own financial sources.