MOSCOW, Russia – On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin attended an extended meeting of the Russian Ministry of Defense, addressing a number of issues related to the country’s defense.
Commenting on the start of the Avangard missile systems production, Sarmat’s successful tests, the commissioning of the Kinzhal hypersonic system and the practical tests of Peresvet laser systems, the president pointed out that the new Russian weapons increase the potential of the Army and Navy, strengthening the balance of forces and stability in the world.
“These weapons greatly increase the potential of the Army and Navy, thus ensuring the safe and absolute protection of Russia in the coming decades, strengthening the balance of forces and therefore stability in the world,” he said.
According to the Russian leader, Moscow believes that the new weapons will make those who resort to the militaristic and aggressive rhetoric think twice.
“Our new systems, I hope, will make you think twice about those who have become accustomed to the militaristic and aggressive rhetoric,” he said.
Putin pointed out that in 2018, the Russian Army increased its combat capabilities, in particular, in the operational projection of forces at great distances.
According to the Russian president, the main task of the Russian Armed Forces for next year is to strengthen the combat potential of the nuclear triad.
“What priority issues need to be resolved next year? The first is the continued strengthening of the combat potential of strategic nuclear forces,” he said.
According to the Russian president, the share of modern weapons in the nuclear triad is 82%.
In addition, Vladimir Putin stressed that Russia will take additional steps to strengthen its security if the United States leaves the INF treaty.
“In the event of a breach of the treaty by the US, I have already spoken publicly about this and I think it is necessary once more to state directly that we will be forced to take additional measures to strengthen our security,” he said.
The president pointed out that the US exit from the treaty certainly does not show aspirations of a peaceful character, but can accelerate the arms race.