Russian President Vladimir Putin said the country has renewed almost the entire nuclear arsenal
Speaking at a meeting of the Russian Defense Ministry in the capital Moscow yesterday, Putin said 95 percent of the nuclear arsenal was equipped with modern weapons.
Putin argued that the West is waging a “hybrid war” against Russia, pointing out that NATO has increased the number of its military units, Finland has joined the alliance and Sweden is planned to be included in the union, and said that NATO has been pressing against the Russian border.
The Russian leader added that they would not accept Ukraine joining NATO in any way.
Putin argued that the US is trying to increase its dominance in Europe by citing the “Russian threat” and said, “The US is very disturbed by Russia’s rapprochement with Europe. We have no intention of going to war with European countries.”
Speaking at the meeting, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said that 15 intercontinental ballistic “Yars” and hypersonic “Avangard” missiles with nuclear attack capacity will be put into operation by the beginning of the year.
Kusti Salm, Permanent Secretary of the Estonian Ministry of Defense, told the Telegraph, a well-known UK newspaper, that Russia’s ammunition production is 7 times higher than that of Western countries.
Putin’s remarks came after Ukraine failed to get the support it expected from the West.
In a preliminary vote on December 7, the Senate, the upper house of the US Congress, rejected the budget request, which allocated $14 billion to Israel and $61 billion to Ukraine. The bill needed 60 votes to be put to a vote. In the preliminary vote, 49 senators voted “No” and 51 senators voted “Yes”.
In the European Union, Hungary blocked a 50 billion euro aid fund to be sent to Kiev on December 14.