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Putin says Russia seeks to maintain world’s strategic balance of power

November 18, 2016, 15:20 UTC+3
This balance of power, which was formed back in the late 1940s and in the 1950s, enabled the world to avoid major armed conflicts, the Russian president has reminded
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SOCHI, November 18. /TASS/. Russia will seek to maintain the world’s strategic balance of power and will work to neutralize the threats stemming from creation of missile defense systems and the concept of global strike, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with defense officials on Friday.

"Our goal is to effectively neutralize any military threats to Russia’s security, including those related to creation of strategic missile defense, to implementation of the concept of global strike and to information wars," Putin said.

"We will continue to do everything possible to maintain a strategic balance of power," he said, noting as "extremely dangerous" the attempts to change and tip off this balance.

"Let us remember that this balance of power, which was formed back in the late 1940s and in the 1950s, enabled the world to avoid major armed conflicts," he said.

Committments on advanced weapons development 

Russia fulfills its international obligations in the development of new weapons, even though some other countries do not do that, Putin has emphasized:

"When designing and developing advanced weapons systems, we consistently and strictly comply with the relevant international obligations assumed by Russia earlier, whereas, unfortunately, and we know that only too well, some countries are actually nullifying the agreements that have been reached previously, for example, in the field of missile defense systems," he said.

According to Putin, these countries do that "in a bid to gain unilateral advantages."

The Russian president noted that the world’s leading countries are extensively using state-of-the-art technologies and scientific achievements, such as lasers, hyper-sound and robotics to boost their military capabilities. Serious attention is paid to developing weapons based on new physical principles, "which enable selective, pinpoint effects on critically important parts of weapons, equipment and the potential enemy’s infrastructure facilities," the president noted. "Russia, just like other countries, is developing such weapons as well," Putin said.

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