Nato says Russian warnings against allies 'unacceptable'

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his annual address to the Federal Assembly at the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall in Moscow on March 1, 2018.
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his annual address to the Federal Assembly at the Manezh Central Exhibition Hall in Moscow on March 1, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

BRUSSELS (REUTERS) - President Vladimir Putin's warnings to Nato allies are "unacceptable" and do not help efforts to calm tensions, the alliance said on Friday (Mar 3), a day after the Russian leader announced an array of new nuclear weapons.

"Russian statements threatening to target allies are unacceptable and counterproductive," Nato spokesperson Oana Lungescu said in a statement.

"We do not want a new Cold War or a new arms race," she said, also adding that Nato's US-built missile defence system in Europe was not aimed at Russia.