Russian arms development goes beyond weapons unveiled by Putin

Russia’s arms development goes beyond the weapons Russian President and Supreme Commander-in-Chief Vladimir Putin unveiled in his State of the Nation Address on March 1, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said during the 60 Minutes program on Rossiya 1 TV Channel. "We are making progress. The supreme commander-in-chief did not unveil everything we have in our arsenal," he said.

Arms development Putin did not unveil everything
The Buk-M3, last development of the Buk Surface-to-Air Missile series (Picture source: Russian MoD)

As Borisov said, Russia’s newest weapons were unveiled not to "rattle sabers" and launch an arms race. "It was not the goal. It was a warning to the world that under the current circumstances it is impossible to gain unilateral advantages and dominance in such a dangerous area as arms development. Countermeasures will be always taken against emerging challenges," the deputy defense minister said.

"We have an adequate response to all types of weapons," Borisov said, commenting on US President Donald Trump’s statement on a possible arms race with Russia.

"We have contacts," Borisov said in reply to a question about whether foreign military bodies had communicated with the Russian Defense Ministry after Vladimir Putin’s State of the Nation Address. "Of course, our colleagues from abroad take seriously the demonstration of our latest capabilities. However, they should draw correct conclusions. This is not an appeal to a new arms race but an appeal to sit down at the negotiating table and come to an agreement," Borisov said.

According to him, the United States should abandon the Americans-are-the-best-in-the-world rhetoric. "Our planet is very small and fragile, and we should get on well with one another," he added.


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