Angela Merkel, Donald Trump voice concern about Putin's 'invincible' weapons

A speech by President Vladimir Putin detailing new nuclear weapons in his Russia's arsenal has raised fears of a new arms race. The German and US leaders said they were concerned about the impact of Putin's words.
Trump, Merkel, Putin
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump have voiced concern about a speech by Russian leader Vladimir Putin in which he spoke of his country's buildup of nuclear weapons, a German government spokesman said on Friday.
"The chancellor and the president are [...] concerned about Russian President Putin's latest remarks about arms developments and their negative impact on international arms control efforts," Steffen Seibert said in a statement summing up a Thursday phone call between the two leaders.
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'No intention to attack others'
In a state of the nation address on Thursday, Putin said Russia had tested new nuclear weapons, including a nuclear-powered cruise missile that he described as "invincible."
The Russian president also warned that his country's military buildup would be able to cancel out NATO's amassment of military force on Russia's borders, though he stressed that Russia did not intend to attack any other country.
Putin's speech featured an animation that showed missiles striking parts of the United States, a presentation that the US State Department described as "irresponsible."
The Kremlin has rejected US claims that it is in breach of arms control treaties with its new weapons and denied that the Putin's speech marked the start of a new arms race.
Screenshot of animation showing missiles headed for US (bbc)
The animation showed missiles striking the US eastern seaboard
Call for Syria ceasefire implementation
Merkel and Trump also agreed that the Syrian regime and its Russian and Iranian allies should "promptly and fully implement" a recent US Security Council resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, Seibert said.
The two leaders called on Moscow to stop participating in the assault on eastern Ghouta, a rebel-held suburb near the capital, Damascus, in which more than 550 people have been killed.
They also demanded that the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad should be held accountable for the use of chemical weapons, attacks on civilians and the humanitarian blockade.