Shortly after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that Moscow was prepared for another “Cuban Missile” crisis, Russian state tv identified what U.S. sites would be targeted.
Touting that the Kremlin has developed hypersonic missiles that could reach their targets in less than five minutes, Russia singled out the Pentagon and the presidential retreat in Camp David, Maryland would be the first targets in an attack.
With the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty coming to an end, the relationship between the United States and Russia is exceptionally tense. It borders on an arms race. Numerous times Russia has stated that it will respond harshly should the U.S. deploy missiles in Europe that the treaty would have forbade.
This new revelation from Russian media is more aggressive and combative than usual, even for the Kremlin. However the Pentagon largely sees the declarations as posturing that only serve to unite NATO.
“Every time Putin issues these bombastic threats and touts his new doomsday devices, he should know he only deepens NATO’s resolve to work together to ensure our collective security,” Pentagon spokesman, Eric Pahon said.