Putin says Russian Navy can Carry Out 'Unpreventable Strike' If Needed

The Russian navy can detect any enemy and launch an "unpreventable strike" if needed, President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday, weeks after a UK warship angered Moscow by passing the Crimea peninsula.
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Putin says Russian Navy can Carry Out 'Unpreventable Strike' If Needed

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned enemies that the navy was ready to launch an "unpreventable" strike. Photo: Sputnik

"The Russian navy today has everything it needs to guarantee the protection of our country and our national interests," Putin said speaking at a navy day parade in St Petersburg.

"We are capable of detecting any underwater, above-water, airborne enemy and, if required, carry out an unpreventable strike against it," he added.

Putin's words follow an incident in the Black Sea in June when Russia said it had fired warning shots and dropped bombs in the path of a British warship to chase it out of Crimea waters, as reported by Reuters.

British government’s dismissal

The country's Defense Ministry said any shots fired were a pre-announced Russian "gunnery exercise," and that no bombs had been dropped.

What is the background to the row over Crimea?

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 but Britain and most of the world recognize the Black Sea peninsula as part of Ukraine, not Russia.

According to DW, Putin said last month Russia could have sunk the British warship HMS Defender, that it accused of illegally entering its territorial waters, without starting World War Three and said the United States played a role in the "provocation."

The Russian leader added that Russia had secured its place among the world's leading naval powers, including by developing "the latest hypersonic precision weapons still unrivaled in the world."

Putin says Russian Navy can Carry Out 'Unpreventable Strike' If Needed

Putin's comments shortly after a diplomatic spat with Britain over one of its warships entering Crimean waters. Photo: Sputnik

There are several other major powers that are planning to develop similar technology.

They include the United States, China, and France, who say they will soon catch up.

Russia already has the second-largest arsenal of nuclear weapons in the world and a huge cache of ballistic missiles.

On Monday, the Kremlin said it had carried out another successful test launch of a new Zircon hypersonic cruise missile.

The missile was reportedly launched from an Admiral Groshkov frigate located in the White Sea in northern Russia on Monday, and hit a land-based target close to the coast on the Barents Sea.

Russia says the Zircon missile will be capable of flying at nine times the speed of sound and have a range of 1,000 kilometers (621 miles).

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