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St. Petersburg: President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that during the warship parade in the port city of St. Petersburg, the Russian Navy is capable of carrying out deadly attacks on enemy targets under water and in the air.

The Russian leader s boast comes days after military officials announced tests of advanced new weapons, some of which come from an arsenal Putin has described as “invincible.”

“The Russian navy today has everything it needs to guarantee the protection of our country and our national interests,” he said.

“We can detect underwater, surface or aerial enemies and target them if a lethal strike is necessary,” Putin said according to a broadcast on state television.

The Russian leader delivered a speech at the annual warship parade, flanked by white navy officers and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

Putin stated that Russia has taken a place among the world’s leading naval powers, including the development of “the latest hypersonic precision weapon that is still unparalleled in the world.”

The United States, China, France and other major countries have successively announced plans to independently develop hypersonic weapons, and they are expected to catch up soon.

Russia, with the world’s second largest nuclear weapons arsenal and a large number of ballistic missiles, already has enough military capabilities to deter the enemy.

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