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Threat assessment: Potemkin Putin versus the US Nuclear Posture Review


March 4, 2018
By Sharon Squassoni

Just weeks before his country's next national election, Russian President Vladimir Putin did all but set off fireworks celebrating Russia’s military might in his March 1 address to the Federal Assembly (Russia’s legislature). Putin clearly intended to fan domestic flames of nationalism and pride in advance of his certain re-election. The messages for his international audience, especially Americans who are the intended target of those new weapons systems he announced, however, were mixed.
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