Published time: 20 Feb, 2019 09:05 Edited time: 20 Feb, 2019 10:34
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been addressing the Federal Assembly in Moscow. He spoke about domestic affairs and foreign policy to MPs, members of the government, as well as other officials and public figures.
20 February 2019
The address ends after about 90 minutes.
Only of Russian people feel it in their heart that the future of their country depends on their own actions and successes will they contribute their best to making the country better. The government’s task is to help them acquire with this uncalculatable by essential thing.
All Russian actions in military terms are aimed at ensuring in safety, to eliminate even a shade of possibility that somebody would try to use force against Russia. What Russia wants is peace.
The American elites may be misguided in that they believe themselves to be exceptional. But do they have counting skills? They should use them to assess Russia’s new weapons and take decisions based on what they calculate.
Despite what some nations claim, Russia is not a threat to other nations. Russia’s military moves come in response to what the US and its allies do and are defensive in nature. The policies of Washington are shortsighted, destructive and ultimately undermine America’s own interest.
Russia has sped up the deployment of some military assets, including the Tsirkon anti-ship missile and several ships, Putin announced.
Putin gave an overview on Russia’s actions to develop the weapon systems, which he first announced in March 2018. This includes deploying a submarine armed with the Poseidon nuclear-propelled long-range torpedo.
The current international situation does not call for an escalation. The US already tried and failed to achieve an advantage over Russia by developing antiballistic missile capabilities. Russia responded to those moves to preserve its deterrence.
Russia will not be the first to deploy intermediate-range missiles in Europe, Putin assured. But if the US does deploy such missiles close to Russia, Moscow will be forced to react likewise. If this happens, Russia will not only target the launch sites of missiles threatening it, but also the sites where decisions are taken related to those missiles.
The Americans have been violating the terms of the INF in subtle ways, like deploying Tomahawk-compatible launchpads in Eastern Europe and using intermediate-range missiles as targets during anti-missile tests.