Speaking to lawmakers, Putin said that “if anyone from the outside wants to intervene in current events and create unacceptable threats to us that are strategic in nature, they should know that our response … will be lightning fast”.
The Russian leader said the military would not hesitate to use state-of-the-art weapons.
“We have all the tools for this that no one else can boast of. We will not brag about it: we will use them if we need to. And I want everyone to know that,” Putin said.
“We’ve already made all the decisions about this.”
Putin has repeatedly touted Russia’s development of modern weapons, including hypersonic missiles and the new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile that was successfully tested earlier this month.