Russian President Vladimir Putin has praised his country’s advanced military prowess, saying Russian weapons are unparalleled in the world and would likely stay ahead of their rivals for the foreseeable future as Moscow plans to constantly upgrade them.
“You know that we prioritize equipping our army with the most modern weapons, control and communication systems. Our prospective weapons do not have any analogs in the world, at least for now, and I think that they won’t for a long time,” Putin said at the Grand Kremlin Palace on Friday.
The Russian leader added that the achievements were the result of the country’s systematic and targeted measures as well as efforts by a large team of scientists, engineers and government officials.
“Their unique achievements represent the basis for successful development of the army and the fleet in future decades, as well as for security and peace for Russia, for our successful and dynamic development,” he said.
Putin further noted that Russia, while being a peace-loving country, would continue to develop its defense capability for the sake of ensuring the country’s security.
“Russia is a peaceful country, and we conduct responsible foreign policy and strive for strengthening international stability,” he said. “We will continue further strengthening the country’s defense potential, developing and upgrading the Armed Forces…Ensuring the security of Russia and our citizens remains an absolute priority for us.”
Putin made the remarks days after he warned the US not to deploy medium and short-range nuclear missiles in Europe, saying the measure would “dramatically exacerbate the international security situation,” and create serious challenges to Russia.
Putin said Moscow wanted good ties with Washington, but was ready with its defensive response if necessary.
The Russian president says the hypersonic system was successfully tested on his order and will enter service next year.
Tensions between Russia and the US escalated following Washington’s recent move to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty over claims that Moscow had violated the Cold War-era arms control treaty.