“At his state-of-the-nation speech, he announced Russia was developing a new hypersonic missile for the navy and that Russia was building a new submarine with a drone complex capable of hitting both land and sea targets,” the news agency reads.
Putin stated that Russia was not seeking confrontation despite the fact that the U.S. is withdrawing from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). Yet, he added that it would deploy missiles of the U.S. chose to do so.
He warned the American policy-makers, "obsessed" with U.S. exceptionalism, should think of the risks before taking any steps.
"It's their right to think how they want. But can they count? I'm sure they can. Let them count the speed and the range of the weapons systems we are developing," Putin stated.
"Russia will be forced to create and deploy types of weapons which can be used not only in respect of those territories from which the direct threat to us originates, but also in respect of those territories where the centers of decision-making are located,” he added.