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Trump, Merkel concerned over Putin's new weapons

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Washington to send him hard evidence that his citizens meddled in U.S. elections, mocking accusations to date as "yelling and hollering in the United States Congress".

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he gives his annual state of the nation address in Manezh in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 1, 2018.

In the annual address on March 1, Putin also boasted of a new generation of "invincible" nuclear-capable Russian weapons, in remarks that came under criticism from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as well as the United States, Germany, France, and other Western countries.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin denied accusations that his country intends to spark a new Cold War, NBC News reported.

US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel shared worries in a phone conversation over Putin's claims, Berlin said Friday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said this week that he can not "respond" to the US's accusations of Russian election interference "if they do not violate Russian laws".

The new systems did not come as a surprise to the United States, but a number of analysts said Russian Federation could start a second Cold War as a result of the announcement. Nobody listened to us.

"No one really wanted to talk to us basically.

- Give us a formal request via official channels, not through the press with cries in US Congress".

But some weapons systems "have to be fine-tuned and worked on", he said.

Putin is standing in March 18 elections that polls indicate he should win easily.

The US intelligence community concluded past year that Russia-linked actors interfered in the 2016 US election on specific orders from Putin.

The US State Department expressed outrage at Putin's presentation and his "cheesy" animated video of warheads over US soil - and said the Russian leader had confirmed long-held allegations about his programme.

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