Less than a day after announcing a slew of new defense systems, Russian President Vladimir Putin in an exclusive interview with NBC News denied accusations that his country wants to spark a new Cold War.
New weapons he boasted about in his address include a prototype missile that "can reach any point in the world" and a supersonic weapon that cannot be tracked by anti-missile systems.
When NBC News asked Putin about the rhetoric directed at his country, he responded: "My point of view is that the individuals that have said that a new Cold War has started are not analysts. They do propaganda."
"If you were to speak about an arms race, then an arms race began exactly at the time and moment the U.S. opted out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty," he said.