Sputnik Alexey Nikolsky
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the percentage of modern weapons and equipment in the national armed forces exceeds 70%, while in nuclear forces it reaches 86%.
In a speech delivered at a year-end meeting of the Defense Ministry’s board of directors, Putin noted that the speed of weapons development in the contemporary world “cannot even be compared to Formula One,” and “if we stop for even a second, we will begin to fall behind at the same moment.”
He added that the Russian nuclear deterrent forces should reach 88.3% of modern weapons in them during the coming year, while in the general armed forces this percentage should reach about 76%.
The Russian President affirmed Moscow’s adherence to purely defensive positions in the military field, including with regard to nuclear deterrence, noting that this principle was proven by the document “The foundations of the state’s policy in the field of nuclear deterrence” that was adopted this year.