Russian President Vladimir Putin said today, Sunday, that the navy in his country will possess supersonic offensive nuclear weapons and marching nuclear aircraft that can operate underwater during the annual military parade of the Russian Naval Day.
Putin has made clear he does not want an arms race, but he often talks about a new generation of Russian nuclear weapons that he says are unparalleled and can strike virtually anywhere in the world, but Western experts are skeptical of their development.
Weapons, some of which have not yet been deployed, include the underwater Poseidon nuclear aircraft, designed to be carried by the Tsirkon submarines and supersonic missiles, which can be deployed on board ships.
And began in the city of St. Petersburg, Russia, the annual maritime military parade to mark the day of the Russian naval fleet, with the participation of 50 military ships and dozens of fighters and more than 3 thousand military personnel, as well as offered nuclear submarines and aircraft belonging to the weapon.
In his opening speech, Putin stressed that Moscow will continue to work to strengthen its war fleet and provide it with the latest types of weapons, noting that the capabilities of the Russian navy are growing and that it will possess 40 new ships this year.
All the Russian naval fleets are participating in the shows, namely the Black Sea Fleet, the North Sea Fleet, the Pacific Ocean Fleet and the Caspian Sea Fleet, in addition to the Russian fleet at the Syrian base of Tartus.
In a separate statement released by Russian news agencies, the Ministry of Defense said that the test of Belgorod, the first submarine capable of carrying Poseidon drones, was under way and that testing of weapons systems was about to be violated.
Last year, Putin threatened to deploy supersonic missiles on ships and submarines that could intercept outside US territorial waters if the United States moved to deploy medium-range nuclear weapons in Europe.
Washington has not deployed such missiles in Europe, but Moscow is concerned about the possibility of this happening.
At a press conference last Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said we stressed once again the importance of withdrawing American nuclear weapons from European countries to national territory and removing the infrastructure for their deployment in Europe.
And last year, Moscow and Washington withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
The only agreement in effect between the two countries on limiting nuclear weapons remains the "New Start" treaty, signed in 2010 by former US President Barack Obama and his then Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev, which limits the number of warheads and missiles for the two countries.