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Putin: Russia Has Offensive Strike System 'World Has Never Seen'

Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country has created new "offensive strike systems" which will force the US to catch up.

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Vladimir Putin has said Russia has developed unique offensive weapons without the intention of starting a war with anyone, but rather to maintain "strategic balance" and "strategic stability" in the world.

"We are not going to fight against anyone," Mr Putin said in an interview with the state-run news agency.

"We are going to create conditions so that nobody wants to fight against us."

Russia has created "offensive strike systems the world has never seen", and which are forcing the US to try to catch up, Mr Putin added.

Giving an example of the new systems, the Russian president mentioned new "hypersonic offensive systems" - a weapon that can fly 27 times the speed of sound that became operational towards the end of 2019.

Mr Putin also said that in the past 20 years, the share of modern equipment in the Russian military has grown from 6% to 70%.

"This is a unique situation," Mr Putin said.

Having these systems in place allows the Kremlin to "maintain strategic stability and strategic balance" that the US tried to "upset" with their missile defence systems, he added.

"It is essential not only for us, but also for global security," Mr Putin concluded.

The Kremlin has made military modernisation its top priority as its relations with the West soured after Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014.

Mr Putin first mentioned developing some of the new hypersonic weapons in his state of the nation address in March 2018.

In 2019, he described a build-up of NATO’s forces near Russia’s western borders and the US withdrawal from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty as being among the top security threats to Russia.

The three-hour interview with Mr Putin marks his 20 years in power and is being being released over a period of weeks in 20 parts.

In episodes that have already been released, Russia’s leader talked about the recent government reshuffle, Ukraine, mass protests in Moscow this summer and the use of modern technology.

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