Senator: New Russian nuclear weapons are largely bluster

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KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - Sen. Dan Sullivan says Russian President Vladimir Putin's unveiling of a new catalog of doomsday weapons is largely bluster.

The Republican senator from Alaska told the Ketchikan Daily News on Wednesday that Russia's announcement is an effort to "stay relevant" internationally as the U.S. grows its military and missile defense capabilities.

Putin earlier this week announced that Russia has advanced nuclear weapons, giving the country unprecedented strategic power.

Sullivan, who is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says Russia is attempting to develop the technologies it claims to possess, but it's not there yet.

Sullivan says the country has a "first-world military," but "Russia is a third-world mafia state that is essentially a gas station."

Sullivan says he supports the full implementation of additional sanctions against Russia.

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