MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is holding a major end-of-the-year press conference, where he is expected to focus on economic issues, the situation in Syria, Russia-US relations and the Ukrainian peace settlement.
"We act, let me stress, in full accordance with all our agreements, including the framework of Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) [between Russia and the United States]," Putin said.
Russian Protection System More Effective Than US Missile Defense System
Russian nuclear triad systems are more effective than the US missile defense system, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
"We've made progress in improving our nuclear triad systems [land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, strategic bombers, and submarine-launched ballistic missiles], including in terms of bypassing missile defense system. And this system is much more effective than the US missile defense system. It's true," Putin said during the annual press conference.