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Russia increases its production of advanced weapons – former president – RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Moscow is developing weapons ‘based on new principles’ because it has opponents across the world, says Dmitry Medvedev

Russia is stepping up efforts to produce sophisticated weapons for its military to deter Western countries backing Kiev in its fight against Moscow, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Sunday.

His comments were apparently a response to Aleksey Danilov, the head of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, who said on Saturday that Kiev was not ruling out strikes inside Russia, adding that his enemy was occupying the territory stretching all the way from the former Ukrainian regions that voted to attach Russia to the city of Vladivostok on the Pacific coast.

Writing on Telegram, Medvedev, who is currently deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, claimed that Moscow “enemies” are not only in kyiv, but also in Europe, North America and a number of other “Places whose allegiances lie with contemporary Nazis.”

“Therefore, we are increasing the production of the most powerful weapons and ammunition. Including those based on new principles,” added the ex-president.

Medvedev’s comments come after The Times reported on Friday, citing a US defense source, that the Pentagon had cleared Kiev to carry out long-range strikes inside Russian territory. Earlier this month, Ukraine launched a raid on two Russian airbases in the Ryazan and Saratov regions, both several hundred kilometers from Kyiv-controlled territory, using a number of “Soviet-made” drones, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

In September, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned Washington that if it supplied Kiev with long-range weapons, it would cross a “Red line” and make America “a direct party to the conflict”.

At the end of November, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that Moscow would significantly increase defense spending. Russian state defense orders will increase by almost 50% next year, he said, adding that particular emphasis would be placed on artillery and missile systems.

In September, Russian President Vladimir Putin noted that “virtually all stocks of NATO arsenals were thrown away to support the kyiv regime.” However, he added that Russia “Equipment performs well in standoffs with Western weapons.”


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