Vladimir Putin touted his country’s military superiority on Thursday, citing developments in the area of hypersonic missiles as one example.
“We have run ahead of the competition. No one has precision hypersonic weapons,” he said. “Others are planning to start testing them within the next 1½ to 2 years, and we already have them on duty,” the Russian president said speaking at a forum in Sochi, per Military Times.
He also said at the event that Moscow will be deploying hypersonic weapons in the “coming months,” as quoted by CNBC.
The comments come after a national address last March during which Putin showcased Russia’s weapons development successes.
“I want to tell all those who have fueled the arms race over the last 15 years, sought to win unilateral advantages over Russia, introduced unlawful sanctions aimed to contain our country’s development: You have failed to contain Russia,” Putin said during the state of the nation speech.
At the event on Thursday, Putin also addressed the issue of territory disputes with Japan. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had called Putin’s peace treaty proposal “unacceptable,” the Russian president revealed, according to the Asahi Shimbun.