Russia must build own internet in case of foreign disruption: Putin

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But Mr Putin tried to walk a fine line between boasting of new weapons development and promising to solve economic problems faced by the population, which took up most of the speech.

"They will only take 10-12 minutes to reach Moscow", he said.

"These weapons, by their tactical and technical specifications, including their flight time to the command centres I'm talking about, will fully correspond to the threats that will be directed against Russian Federation".

He said that Russian Federation is willing to discuss new nuclear-control policies with the US but will not be the initiators of those negotiations.

"According to their tactical and technical features, including the flight time to the indicated control centers, these weapons will fully correspond to the threats directed against Russian Federation".

"We can not wait, the situation must change for the better now", Putin told assembled lawmakers from the lower house State Duma and upper house Federation Council. Putin said in his address that testing was successful and that later this year, the government will commission a submarine to carry the device.

He added that the tests of the new Sarmat heavy intercontinental ballistic missile, the Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile and the Poseidon nuclear-powered underwater drone have been progressing successfully. "The personnel of the submarine, the carrier of Poseidon drones, have undergone training".

He said the Zircon program will not be too costly as the missile has been created to equip Russia's existing surface ships and submarines. Meanwhile, he added, "the MiG-31 crews equipped with the Kinzhal hypersonic missiles, have already performed over 380 sorties on air patrols over the waters of the Black and Caspian seas".

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An IRBM is a ballistic missile with a range from 3,000 km to 5,500 km (or 1,900 miles to 3,400 miles).

Putin urged USA officials to take into account the "range and speed of our prospective weapons" before making decisions that will threaten Russian Federation.

While the countries have 6 months to create a new treaty, that does not seem likely.

Putin reaffirmed that Russian Federation will not be the first to deploy new intermediate-range missiles in Europe, but warned that it will retaliate if the USA puts such missiles on the continent. He said Moscow hopes to mend ties with the USA, adding that "we don't want confrontation, particularly with such a global power as the U.S".

US and Chinese forces are believed to be developing their own hypersonic missiles, usually used to mean ones traveling at least at roughly five times the speed of sound.

In his Wednesday address, Putin also promised Russians rapid improvements in their living conditions.

Most of Wednesday's speech focused on promises to address poor living standards, a key source of frustration for many Russians almost 20 years after Putin came to power.

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