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Putin: US ship in Black Sea can be viewed through binoculars

Written by The Frontier Post

SOCHI (TASS): Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that the US Navy ship that entered the Black Sea can be viewed through binoculars or the sight of defense equipment. The head of state made a corresponding remark when opening a series of meetings on defense topics on Monday, which are traditionally held in Sochi.
“And now, you know, a US ship has entered the Black Sea. We can look at it through binoculars or through the sight of the corresponding defense systems,” Putin said.
He stressed that the aerospace defense system needs to be improved further. According to him, this need is directly related to the development in the leading countries of promising attack weapons with high speed characteristics. “This is also required by the general political situation, including the growing intensity of NATO aviation near Russia, the appearance of ships of the alliance with guided missile weapons in the waters of the Baltic and Black Seas,” the president said.
The US Navy’s Sixth Fleet announced on Twitter Monday that the flagship command ship Mount Whitney was heading to the Black Sea for joint operations with NATO forces. On October 30, the US Navy guided missile destroyer Porter entered the Black Sea for joint operations with the forces of the North Atlantic Alliance.
President Putin added that Russia notices threats to its security and is ready to respond appropriately to them.
“You and I know, and we know it well, that some of our foreign colleagues are not abandoning their attempts to break this (strategic) parity, including by deploying elements of a global missile defense in the immediate vicinity of our borders,” Putin said.
“We cannot fail to notice these threats to Russia’s security and will respond appropriately to the situation,” he stressed.
According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the meeting will consider a set of issues related to strengthening the country’s aerospace forces (VKS).
“This is one of the most powerful, high-tech and maneuverable components of the modern Russian army. Reliable defense of Russia from aerospace attacks and the maintenance of strategic parity directly depend on their combat readiness and technical equipment,” the president said.
On the whole, Russian President Vladimir Putin called the composition of the meeting participants traditional. “This format, as we have repeatedly stated, allows on a regular basis to comprehensively analyze the state of Russia’s defense capability and, if required, promptly correct and update plans to modernize the army and navy, to improve the work of enterprises of the military-industrial complex,” the head of state added.
Some states are not abandoning their attempts to break strategic parity, Putin said.
“Today, first of all, we will consider a set of issues related to strengthening the aerospace forces. This is one of the most powerful, high-tech and maneuverable components of the modern Russian army. Reliable defense of Russia from an aerospace attack, maintaining strategic parity, “Putin said.
“You and I know, and we know it well, that some of our foreign colleagues do not give up their attempts to break this parity,” the head of state noted.
Putin stressed that in recent years, the capabilities of the Russian armed forces in the field of aerospace defense have significantly increased.
“The missile attack warning system, both of its components, operates clearly and effectively,” he said. The orbital constellation of satellites and ground-based radar stations are guaranteed to detect ballistic missile launches, determine their parameters in a timely manner and notify the command and control centers of the troops, the president said. He recalled that within the framework of the relevant state program, over the past four years, 25 S-400 air defense systems and over 70 modern fighters have been delivered, more than 20 S-300 complexes and 90 aircraft have been modernized.
“In the coming years, more than 200 aircraft and 26 S-350 and S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, as well as the first production model of the newest S-500 missile system, are to be supplied to the troops,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
“As a result, the effectiveness of covering the most important military and industrial infrastructure has significantly increas-ed,” Russian President Vladimir Putin summed up.

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