VLADIMIR Putin has issued a chilling warning to the West after telling Kremlin chiefs of a “serious breakthrough” in his country’s weapons development programme.
The Russian President, who is at loggerheads with his US counterpart Donald Trump over Washington’s proposed withdrawal from a key Cold War nuclear arms treaty, said his new advanced weapons, “will force those who got accustomed to militarist rhetoric to think”. Putin made the comments in an address to his Defense Ministry’s expanded board meeting in Moscow on Tuesday afternoon.
He told members: “A serious breakthrough has been made in developing advanced and unparalleled weapons, about which I said in the address to the Federal Assembly on March 1 this year.
“I hope our newest systems will make think those who got accustomed to militarist and aggressive rhetoric.”
The Russian leader said serial production of Avangard hypersonic missile systems has been launched and successful tests of Russia’s most advanced Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile have been carried out.
Russia’s Avangard hypersonic missile system (Image: GETTY)
Vladimir Putin (Image: TASS)
Vladimir Putin addresses his Defense Ministry’s expanded board meeting (Image: TASS)
Mr Putin told the meeting: “These weapons significantly increase the potential of the army and the fleet, reliably ensuring Russia’s security for decades to come.
“These developments also strengthen the balance of power and global stability.”
He also revealed the Russian military’s operational and combat readiness had significantly improved, saying six “independent checks carried out this year” confirmed the country’s forces and means could be swiftly deployed to distances of up to 4,350 miles and reinforce groups in crucial strategic directions.
Putin said the Vostok-2018 war-games had yielded “good results” and noted partners from China and Mongolia had acted in line with the general plan and under single combat rules with Russian units.