"At the moment, neither we nor the Americans have such technologies" to shoot down meteors or asteroids, he said, according to the Interfax news agency.
Ironic that Russia and the US has enough firepower to completely annihilate each other and the rest of the planet with them, yet they can't stop a small boulder falling from the sky.
You forgot to mention it was traveling at 33,500 mph.
But remembered to incorrectly use ironic.
And how is that?
I am not sure, but I would guess you are used to lotsa other people using it incorrectly and the general lack of instruction about rhetoric in education today.
So you don't consider the ability to blow up everything on the surface of planet earth ironic to the fact that they do not have the capability to blow up a much, much smaller rock?
Once you get past the initial learning curve, nukes are pretty simple. Fire rocket, blows up doing a decent bit of structural damage, radiation and fallout kill everything else with a certain percentage of efficiency. (Leukemia takes decades to finish the job.) A lot of the "kill everyone on Earth" bit takes radiation and fallout into account, not just pure concussive sweep-the-planet's-surface-clean explosions.
Basically, there would be a hell of a lot of money that would go into such a thing and a HUGE learning curve. First off, asteroids really aren't slow. It's just looks like that because there's A LOT of space between them and where they are going. Going around the block at 60 mph takes a lot less time (and thus feels faster) than going from Tallahassee to Green Bay (even though the speed is technically the same). Also, the Earth is moving. Pretty fast actually. How fast? 67,000 MPH fast. That's faster than I drive through school zones on any given day (by a couple MPH or so). And asteroids are going 30k-some odd MPH.
So basically, let's take our cars, you going 60 MPH and me going 30 MPH, we'll both play chicken (going at oblique angles) but you can feel free to take a shot at me on the way in, but you have to use a flintlock musket.