Amid tensions with Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin announced on Friday that the country’s defense forces had tested the launch of the Hypersonic tsirkon missile system.
“This morning the Tsirkon hypersonic system was fired by salvo. This is our last missile that can strike both naval and land targets,” President Putin said.
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The Russian president said the launch aimed to “improve that of Russia security and defense capabilities. “” The tests were conclusive and impeccable, “added the Russian president.
This decision comes as tensions persist over the Ukrainian border amid repeated warnings from the United States that Russia has amassed more than 100,000 troops on the Ukrainian border.
Meanwhile, the Russian news agency TASS quoting a local newspaper reported that Russian troops should be given very short range air defense (VSHORAD). Gibka-S Systems Next year. The Gibka-S system was tested by Russian forces two years ago.
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Reports indicate that Gibka-S missiles can intercept drones, cruise missiles and high precision weapons with low and limited visibility.
In an effort to defuse tensions, the Russian Foreign Ministry said its officials were ready for “direct dialogue” with NATO on security guarantees.
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NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg had offered to start talks with Russian officials next year without setting a date to discuss the situation in Ukraine.
Russia had previously submitted a document on security guarantees to NATO and the United States highlighting their concerns while stressing that the Western military alliance should not extend its influence to the east and give up giving membership. to NATO to the countries of the former Soviet bloc referring to Ukraine.
(With contributions from the Agencies)