Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted that Moscow had thwarted more than 400 foreign spies a year ago and on Monday called on the FSB, the domestic intelligence agency, to act to block further foreign attempts to obtain political, economic and military information. He said Russian Federation would be "prepared to look at them and talk about it", while repeating his government's insistence that it had no role in directing the operatives to act against the United States.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his country would "never" extradite the 13 Russian nationals indicted as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into 2016 election meddling.
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He devoted more than a third of his annual address to the weapons, using videos and animated charts to present high-speed underwater drones, cruise missiles with "practically unlimited range", a nuclear-powered ballistic missile and hypersonic weapons capable of dodging United States defences at up to 10 times the speed of sound.
"I know that they do not represent the Russian state, the Russian authorities", Putin told Kelly. The United States denies it has done so. "At the end of previous year the amount of contracts signed almost doubled to $16 billion, which took the overall value of orders for Russian weapons and equipment received to more than $45 billion", the president said. In 2017 the export of Russian military hardware went up for a third year running to above $15 billion.
Third countries are exerting "unprecedented and unconcealed" pressure on Russia's partners in military-technical cooperation to remove Russian Federation as a rival and undermine the defense capability of its partners, Putin said.
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"The skill to work effectively even amid political provocations and economic subversive acts underlines the strong points of the domestic system of military and technical cooperation, its sustainability and huge potential", the Russian leader stressed.
The US unveiled a new nuclear doctrine last month that envisages building more low-yield bombs and modernising its strategic arsenal. The President also instructed the officers to enhance Russia's information space protection from cyber threats.
"The entire system of work to counter extremism should operate effectively", Putin said at a meeting of the FSB's board, according to a Kremlin press release.
Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout being extradited to the U.S. in 2010 (from Thailand).
That will make the world "a more risky place", said Lisbeth Gronlund, senior scientist at the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Union of Concerned Scientists, which advocates for reducing the risk of using nuclear weapons.