13 Novembre 2015
November 11, 2015
Nov. 11, 2015 - Updated 05:36 UTC+1
President Vladimir Putin says he will modernize and strengthen Russia's nuclear strike capability to counter US-led missile defense programs in Asia and Europe.
Putin discussed advancement of military technologies on Tuesday with senior defense officials in Sochi.
He pointed to a US-led missile defense system being deployed in Europe. He said the system is meant to counter a ballistic missile threat from Iran, but noted that the issue of Iran's nuclear program is heading toward a resolution.
He said references to Iranian and North Korean nuclear threats only serve to hide the real intention of a US-led missile shield.
Putin said the real aim of the program is to neutralize the potential of other nuclear powers, and Russia in particular.
He accused Washington of working with allies in Japan and Europe to gain decisive nuclear superiority.
Putin's comments come as relations between Russia and western countries are increasingly strained over Moscow's annexation of the Crimea region in Ukraine and its airstrikes in Syria.
Putin's firm stand on these issues has significant public support.