Putin Metaphorically Pounds Table With Shoe

In a speech Thursday to the Russian Parliament, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would consider any attack on Russian allies a direct attack on the motherland herself.

We would consider any use of nuclear weapons against Russia or its allies to be a nuclear attack on our country. The response would be immediate,” Putin said.

He also told lawmakers that Russia has developed a slew of new nuclear weapons that include a missile that could “reach almost any point in the world and could not be intercepted by anti-missile systems,” according to Reuters.

CNN noted a few new developments touted by Putin in the speech to lawmakers:

One new development: The creation of a low-flying cruise missile capable of stealthy operation. Putin said the missile would be nuclear-powered and showed a video [see below] simulating its flight.
“Since the range is unlimited, it can maneuver as much as necessary,” Putin said.
Another military development, Putin said, was a weapon capable of flying “like a meteorite” at several times the speed of sound.
“It will be practically invulnerable,” he said. “The speed will be hypersonic.”

The news prompted John Noonan, Senior Counselor for Military and Defense Affairs for Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton, to take to Twitter and downplay the new threat, likening it to the famous shoe-pounding moment of Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev at the UN in 1960.