Putin: Russia Won’t Join Arms Race, But Will Continue Upgrading Nuclear Arsenal to Tackle Threats


Moscow presented several new cutting-edge weapons in 2018, many of which had no equivalents in the world at the time. Among them were a prototype of a nuclear-powered missile and a missile capable of flying at a speed of Mach 10.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that Moscow will continue to upgrade its nuclear arsenal in light of the current global situation and the existing threats.

Putin stated that despite the changing nature of the threats, the nuclear triad remains the main guarantor of the country’s security. He named NATO’s expanding military presence in proximity to Russia’s borders as being one of the main challenges that Moscow faces right now. The president condemned NATO’s refusal to reduce its military activity amid the coronavirus pandemic, despite Russia making such a request earlier.

‘Russian Weapons Have No Competition’

The president went on to hail the progress that the country had achieved in the development of strategic weapons in recent years. He noted that many of these armaments have no equivalents in the world and are likely to remain unique for years to come.

Putin stressed that Russia is not planning to engage in an “exhausting” arms race, adding that there is simply no need to do so. He also touched on the issue of the New START, which is set to expire in February 2020, noting that the future of the crucial nuclear arms treaty with the US remains unclear.

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