Video: Clip of Kinzhal hypersonic missile-aircraft system in action, shown during Putin address to Russian General Assembly
Our translation from RIA Novosti preceded by our commentary.
Russians think President Putin’s address is an apt response to the murder of over 100 Russian mercenaries, present legally in Syria, by US forces present illegally in that country. The Western media were invited and they went hysterical. But they also misrepresented what was said, as expected.
Note this part of our translation:
From a Western news outlet:
“ ‘Putin said that in the event of an attack, Russia is prepared to use nuclear weapons,’ the article said on the website of the television channel. “
This is not what he said. The US journalist misrepresented his words, whether intentionally or due to a bad translation. Putin said that they would use nuclear weapons in the event that Russia or any of its allies were attacked with nuclear arms. Putin said this in response to Trump’s new nuclear policy, which states that the US may respond to an attack against it or its allies using a nuclear weapon – even if the attack is non-nuclear. This is a vitally important part of the speech, suggesting that if nuclear arms were used, for example, against Syria, Russia would retaliate with nuclear arms against the countries that launched the attack. The kind of irresponsible (or perhaps just incompetent) reporting/translation by a news outlet as described above – possibly in an attempt to whip up anti-Russian sentiment -- could lead to an unnecessarily massive response by the US. How will the impetuous Trump respond to this speech?]
Russia has a “doomsday weapon”: foreign media alarmed Putin's message to the Federal Assembly
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a message to the Federal Assembly. Western publications did not ignore the Russian leader’s speech. Foreign journalists in particular were interested in the part about the power of the Russian Federation’s defences.
During the message, the Russian president spoke about a unique weapon, which has no analogues throughout the world. Vladimir Putin said that a missile with a nuclear device that can hit target anywhere in the world and is immune to air defence or missile defence systems has already been tested, and very successfully. Foreign media did not take long to come forward with another anti-Russian attack.
One of the leading news portals Business Insider pointed out that Russia openly declared the existence of a “doomsday weapon.” Further, journalist Alex Lockie hastened to say that the Russian side would allegedly launch a “nuclear apocalypse.”
“He boasted of Russia's nuclear power and confirmed the existence of the Russian doomsday device,” the author writes.
The journalist probably decided to flaunt his “knowledge” not only in politics, but also in geology. He assured that “after the Russians use the underwater torpedo with a nuclear warhead, large strata of the earth will become unsuitable for life” for years to come.
American television channel CNBC also expressed concern. Young journalist Holly Ellyatt emphasized that a new missile “can reach any point in the world” and supersonic weapons cannot be tracked. [Translator note: The into-Russian translator working for nation-news.ru may have meant to write “hypersonic.”]
“Putin said that in the event of an attack, Russia is ready to use nuclear weapons,” the article said on the website of the television channel. [This is not what he said. Putin said that they would use nuclear weapons in the event that Russia or any of its allies were attacked with nuclear arms. This is a vitally important part of the speech, indicating that if nuclear arms were used, for example, in Syria, Russia would retaliate with nuclear arms against the countries that launched the attack. This kind of irresponsible reporting/translation could lead to an unnecessarily massive response by the US. It is one of the possibly unexpected consequences of Russian bashing by the press]
The author tried to relieve the anxious readers a bit and reported on the joke told by the Russian president. She noted that unique missiles still do not have a name, and everyone can offer their options via the website of the Ministry of Defence.
The NBC4 television channel is concerned that after the emergence of new missiles fielded by Russia, NATO's entire anti-missile defence system will become “useless.” The journalist also noted that Vladimir Putin's story about developments in the defence industry was met with applause throughout the hall.
“He said that the creation of new weapons made NATO's anti-missile defence “useless” and spells an effective end to what he called Western efforts to combat Russia's development,” the author writes.
NBC4 also notes that the head of state’s address was attended by “hundreds of high-ranking officials,” and the story of the new nuclear weapons was illustrated by “video clips and computer images that were shown on giant screens.”
Nor did the European media stand down. Radio Liberty made a headline quote of the Russian leader. The journalist began his article with these words “Listen to us now,". He noted that Russian missiles are not a Soviet legacy, but something completely new.
"Putin claims that some of the new Russian systems are unmatched in the world," the author points out.
Meanwhile, the article lists other excerpts from the speech of the Russian president. It is noted that the head of state focused on raising the standard of living, and said that the basis for future development should be a technological breakthrough.