The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, assured this Tuesday that his country is producing as many anti-aircraft missiles as all the countries in the world put together, in response to the alleged shortage of ammunition in the Russian Army.
“With regard to anti-aircraft defense missiles of different classes, Russian production is comparable to world production”, underlined the Russian head of state, during a meeting in the Kremlin with Viacheslav Gladkov, governor of the Belgorod region, which borders the Ukraine.
Putin emphasized that the Russia makes “three times as many” anti-aircraft missiles than those produced by the United States for the Patriot air defense systems.
“The military performance on the battlefield shows that the Russian air defense is one of the best in the world. In addition, of course, our systems are modern and reliable. Anything can happen, but in general they work without errors”, he stressed, quoted by the Efe agency.
In December, coinciding with a visit to Washington by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the United States announced the sending of Patriot systems to Kiev, to neutralize the bombing of Russian forces.
Russia will find an “antidote” against Patriot systems
According to Putin, his country will find “an antidote” against the Patriots, which he considered to be “quite old” and that do not work “as well” as the Russian S-300.
“We’re going to crush them like nuts,” he added, referring to the US defense system.
Netherlands wants to send Patriot system components to Ukraine
Last week, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announced that the his country also plans to ship Patriot system components to Ukraine.
During the meeting with the governor of Belgorod, Vladimir Putin also addressed granting aid for housing construction to those who had to be evacuated. from the border with Ukraine for security reasons.
Belgorod is the region that has suffered the most attacks since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and at least 25 people died and nearly 100 were injured in the Ukrainian attacks, the local governor announced today.
It is the first time in 11 months of conflict that the Russian authorities officially give the number of dead and wounded in a given region.