It’s about new missiles which Putin claimed fly at nine times of the speed of sound and have a range of 620 miles. „Let them count the speed and the range of the weapons systems we are developing,” Putin told Russia’s political elite to strong applause. The Russian President also said that testing of a nuclear-capable glider and underwater drone is now complete and that the two missiles are ready for inclusion in the country’s arsenal this year.
Putin said Russia was not seeking confrontation. He reaffirmed that Russia will not be the first to deploy new intermediate-range missiles in Europe. He said Russia wanted good ties with the United States, but was ready with its defensive response if necessary. Russia denies violating the treaty. Current terms dictate that Moscow and Washington have a six-month negotiation period during which they can try resolve to their differences before a full withdrawal from the treaty.