Putin: Russia to get new weapons

2014-09-10 17:02
An RS-12M Topol ballistic missile at the Plesetsk space launch pad. (Dmitry Astakhov, AFP)

An RS-12M Topol ballistic missile at the Plesetsk space launch pad. (Dmitry Astakhov, AFP)

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Moscow - President Vladimir Putin says Russia has no intention to launch a new arms race, but will respond to all security challenges.

Addressing a meeting in Moscow on Wednesday on weapons modernisation plans, Putin said Russia will focus on developing new strategic nuclear weapons, aerospace defences and high-precision conventional weapons.

He said potential threats to Russia's security must be thoroughly analysed, and an "adequate response" given to each of them. Putin added that Russia shouldn't hike its military spending beyond its economic capabilities.

Russia-West relations have plunged to their lowest point since the Cold War times over the crisis in Ukraine. A Nato summit last week decided to create a rapid-reaction "spearhead" force to protect Eastern Europe from Russian bullying. Putin said that the West used the Ukrainian crisis to "resuscitate Nato."

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