Putin celebrates victory in Syria, expansion of nukes

Putin celebrates victory in Syria, expansion of nukes
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and chief of Russia's General Staff Valery Gerasimov attend a meeting with top military officials at the Defence Ministry in Moscow, Russia December 22, 2016. Sputnik/Kremlin/Alexei Nikolskyi via REUTERS

On Thursday Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered confident remarks regarding Moscow’s victory in Syria and their future nuclear readiness.

(VERO BEACH, FL) While addressing his defense chiefs from the Ministry’s headquarters in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called for the country to reinforce its military nuclear potential and praised the army's performance in its Syria campaign.

In a speech that recapped military activities in 2016, Putin said the army's preparedness has "considerably increased" and called for continued improvement that would ensure it can "neutralize any military threat".

"We need to enhance the combat capability of strategic nuclear forces, primarily by strengthening missile complexes that will be guaranteed to penetrate existing and future missile defense systems,” Vladimir Putin said.

Vladimir Putin told the annual end-of-year meeting: ”We can say with certainty, we are stronger now than any potential aggressor. Anyone!"

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said during the meeting that: ”Strategic nuclear forces are maintained at a level that guarantee the solution of nuclear deterrence objectives. Ninety-nine percent of missile launchers in Strategic Missile Forces are in combat readiness and more than 96 percent of them are constantly ready for immediate launches.”

On the subject of what armaments, the Russian’s deploying during the fight against ISIS in Syria, Defense Minister Shoigu said the military had used "162 types of modern armaments during the military campaign in Syria," including its Sukhoi warplanes, MiG jets and Kamov helicopters.

"They have shown to be highly effective," Shoigu said.

Defense Minister Shoigu also produced figures for the entire Syrian campaign, noting that Russian warplanes have "liquidated 725 training camps, 405 weapon factories and workshops, 1,500 pieces of terrorist equipment, and 35,000 fighters, including 204 field commanders.” 

Defense Minister Shoigu also added that the Russian Air Force has conducted a total of 18,800 sorties and carried out 71,000 strikes since the start of its campaign.

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