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President Vladimir Putin says Russian Federation is prepared to target American "decision-making centers" if the United States sends new missiles to Europe.

Earlier, during his annual address to Russian lawmakers, Putin warned the USA not to deploy medium and short-range nuclear missilesin Europe, saying it would "dramatically exacerbate the worldwide security situation" and create serious challenges to Russia.

Earlier today, Vladimir Putin gave his state-of-the-nation address in the capital of Moscow, of which the Russian President made headlines for what's being perceived as a threat towards the United States.

"We can not wait, the situation must change for the better now", Putin told assembled lawmakers from Russia's lower house State Duma and upper house Federation Council.

Putin also said the development of new nuclear-capable weapons unveiled in his state-of-the-nation address in 2018 was proceeding without delays. Putin claimed those accusations were false and suggested Washington was merely looking for a pretext to scuttle the INF so it could deploy land-based missiles to Europe. "So let them count the range of our missiles".

Putin said a new submarine created to carry an underwater drone with nuclear strike capability - called Poseidon - would be launched this spring.

But Washington said previous year that the "unlimited range" cruise missile had crashed during tests.

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In Washington, the US State Department dismissed Putin's comments as "propaganda created to divert attention from what Washington alleges are Moscow's violations of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty".

Putin said in the speech that tests of the Poseidon have been conducted successfully and the first submarine equipped to carry it will be commissioned later this year.

The Russian land-based missiles that now target the United States are based on Russian territory and therefore the flight time to major U.S. population centres would be longer than for USA missiles deployed in Europe.

If the United States choses to deploy intermediate-range missiles in Europe, it would escalate the tension to a level similar to that of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis for no reason whatsoever, Russian President Vladimir Putin argued.

"Putin always talks about this "deep state, the foreign policy elite" - he's talking about me, he's talking about us when he says that".

He repeated last year's statistics, saying that 19 million people lived in poverty and said that government should provide assistance or training to help people get out of poverty.

Elsewhere in the speech, the Russian president promised state aid for large families to try to reverse population decline, an effort he dubbed "more children, fewer taxes".


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