MOSCOW, August 13. /TASS/. Moscow believes that the Russian missile systems are unique and outshine their foreign rivals, despite the development of such weapons in the United States, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.
The Russian presidential spokesman thus responded to a question about whether Moscow was aware of such development work in the United States.
"Over the past year, US officials, including military representatives, have made several statements indicating that such research programs [for the development of missile weapons] were ongoing in the United States," the Kremlin spokesman said.
"Of course, it would be strange, if a country, a world power that spends more than all the other countries of the world on defense would not deal with such projects," Peskov noted.
"Our president [Vladimir Putin] has numerously stated that the Russian developments in this area are so far considerably outpacing the level, which other countries have been able to achieve, and are quite unique," the Kremlin spokesman stressed.
The Russian presidential spokesman advised journalists to address the Defense Ministry of Russia with a question about whether the incidents similar to what had occurred in the Arkhangelsk Region were pushing Russia back in the sphere of defense developments.
"Unfortunately, incidents do occur," the Kremlin spokesman said. "For us, it is important to remember those heroes who have lost their lives as a result of these incidents," the Kremlin spokesman said.
After the incident with a missile liquid-propellant engine at a military test site near Severodvinsk in the Arkhangelsk Region on August 8, US President Donald Trump wrote on his Twitter: "The United States is learning much from the failed missile explosion in Russia. We have similar, though more advanced, technology."
As the US president wrote, the explosion of the Russian ‘Skyfall’ (NATO’s reporting name of Russia’s Burevestnik unlimited-range cruise missile with a small-size super-powerful nuclear power unit) "has people worried about the air around the facility, and far beyond. Not good!"