Putin says Russia ‘used to’ Biden’s ‘anti-Russian rhetoric’ as he undergoes missile test for his birthday

Russian President Putin meets with Chief of General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Gerasimov via video conference, outside Moscow
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov, via video conference, at the Novo-Ogaryovo State Residence outside Moscow, Russia, on 7 October 2020.

Sputnik / Alexei Druzhinin / Kremlin / REUTERS file

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday noted the strong stance of U.S. Democratic candidate Joe Biden on Moscow, but expressed hope that, if elected, the former vice president could advance talks on a new arms deal between the adversaries. Putin said so as he bragged about an alleged successful test of a hypersonic missile.

The advanced hypersonic missile test, if true, would be the latest in Russia’s development of weapon systems designed to make their nuclear arsenal faster to deliver worldwide, and unstoppable by missile defense systems. Americans.

“With regard to the Democratic Party candidate (…) we also see quite acerbic anti-Russian rhetoric. Unfortunately, we are used to it,” Putin said at a televised press conference on Wednesday.

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But he also said Biden made encouraging remarks on New START, the last major nuclear weapons treaty still in force between Moscow and Washington.

This treaty is due to expire in February and bilateral talks between the two countries have so far resulted in no agreement on a pact to replace him.

“Candidate Biden has publicly declared that he is ready for an extension of the New START or to conclude a new treaty to limit strategic weapons, and this is a very serious part of our cooperation going forward,” Putin said. .

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Meanwhile, he hailed Russia’s apparently successful test of a new hypersonic anti-ship cruise missile as a “big event” for the country.

The military said the Tsirkon missile was fired from the frigate Admiral Gorshkov in the White Sea on Tuesday morning in the Russian Arctic and successfully hit its target.

Russian military chief of staff Valery Gerasimov told Putin – who turned 68 on Wednesday – that this was the first time the missile had successfully struck a target at sea.

“The tasks of the launch have been carried out. The test firing was a success,” he told Putin.

Gerasimov said the missile hit its target 280 miles in the Barents Sea and reached a speed of Mach 8, eight times the speed of sound.

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In recent years, Russia has touted the development of new, futuristic weapons that it hopes will give it the edge in any arms race with the United States.

Putin said Tsirkon’s test firing was a “big event not only in the life of our armed forces but for all of Russia.”

He said that such weapons, which Putin says have no equivalent in the world, “will undoubtedly strengthen the defense capabilities of our state in the long run.”

The Tsirkon (Zircon) hypersonic cruise missile is launched from the Russian guided-missile frigate Admiral Gorshkov during a White Sea test
A Tsirkon (Zircon) hypersonic cruise missile is launched from the Russian guided missile frigate Admiral Gorshkov during a test in the White Sea, in a still image from a video released on October 7, 2020 by the Russian Defense Ministry .


The Defense Ministry said the plan was to equip Tsirkon’s warships and submarines.

Russia boasts of developing a number of “invincible” weapons that surpass existing systems and include Sarmat intercontinental missiles and Burevestnik cruise missiles.

The first Avangard hypersonic missiles went into service in December last year, according to Russian officials.

The program is not without risks and seven people were killed in an explosion at a missile test site in August 2019. Western experts have linked the explosion to work on the Burevestnik.

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