Putin: Russia Must Face Down Threats of Missile Defense, Global Strike, Info War

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President Vladimir Putin said Russia had to face down threats posed by strategic missile defense, the global strike concept as well as information warfare.

SOCHI (Sputnik) — Russia's task is to neutralize any risks to national security, including information warfare, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

"Our task is to effectively neutralize any military threats to Russia's security. Including those connected with creation of strategic missile defense, implementation of the global strike concept, the waging of information wars," Putin said during a traditional series of meetings with top defense industry officials.

The head of state noted that the final in this series of meetings will be devoted to this topic.

Moscow views its national security strategy as a priority in light of the changing international environment. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the UN Security Council in February 2015 that escalating information warfare "heavily poisoned" the international climate with the use of mass media, internet and social networking.

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Russia fulfils all of its international obligations when designing and creating advanced weapons systems, Putin said.

"Such developments are being carried out in Russia as well as other countries. We fulfil consistently and rigorously the international obligations which Russia undertook at one time when designing and creating advanced weapons systems," he said.

The Russian leader pointed out that some countries did not meet their obligations, for example, in the sector of missile defense in order to gain unilateral advantage.

"In this relation, I shall note that we shall continue doing everything in our power to ensure the strategic balance of forces. We consider the attempts to change it or break it extremely dangerous," the president noted.

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