Vladimir Putin boasts he can hit enemies with an ‘unpreventable strike’

Vladimir Putin boasted yesterday that Russia had the power to launch an ‘unpreventable strike’ against its enemies in a show of strength following the confrontation with Britain in the Black Sea.

The Russian president told a navy day parade in St Petersburg: ‘We are capable of detecting any underwater, above-water, airborne enemy and, if required, carry out an unpreventable strike.’

It comes as military officials announced tests of advanced new weapons – some of which come from an arsenal Mr Putin has described as ‘invincible’. 

Putin said last month Russia could have sunk the British warship HMS Defender, that it accused of illegally entering its territorial waters

Putin said last month Russia could have sunk the British warship HMS Defender, that it accused of illegally entering its territorial waters

Putin said last month Russia could have sunk the British warship HMS Defender, that it accused of illegally entering its territorial waters

He added: ‘The Russian navy today has everything it needs to guarantee the protection of our country and our national interests.’ 

Russia marked the 325th anniversary of the founding of its navy with ship parades at major ports on Sunday. 

Putin attended the main parade of more than 50 vessels in St. Petersburg, which included ships from the navies of Iran, Pakistan and India.

The Iranian frigate Sahand, which sailed down the Neva River in the parade, and the sea-based vessel Makran attracted attention from naval observers due to their unusually long voyages to Russia.

Parades also took place in the Russian naval bases of Severomorsk, Caspiisk, Baltiisk, Sevastopol, Vladivostok and at the Russian naval base in Tartus, Syria. 

The Russian president told a navy day parade in St Petersburg: 'We are capable of detecting any underwater, above-water, airborne enemy and, if required, carry out an unpreventable strike'

The Russian president told a navy day parade in St Petersburg: 'We are capable of detecting any underwater, above-water, airborne enemy and, if required, carry out an unpreventable strike'

The Russian president told a navy day parade in St Petersburg: ‘We are capable of detecting any underwater, above-water, airborne enemy and, if required, carry out an unpreventable strike’

Putin's words follow last month's incident when Russia said it fired warning shots and dropped bombs in the path of a British warship to chase it from Crimean waters

Putin's words follow last month's incident when Russia said it fired warning shots and dropped bombs in the path of a British warship to chase it from Crimean waters

Putin’s words follow last month’s incident when Russia said it fired warning shots and dropped bombs in the path of a British warship to chase it from Crimean waters

Putin’s words follow last month’s incident when Russia said it fired warning shots and dropped bombs in the path of a British warship to chase it from Crimean waters. 

Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 but Britain and most of the world recognise the Black Sea peninsula as part of Ukraine.

Britain rejected Moscow’s account and said it believed any shots were a pre-announced Russian ‘gunnery exercise’ and there were no bombs.

Putin said last month Russia could have sunk the British warship HMS Defender, that it accused of illegally entering its territorial waters, without starting World War Three and said the United States played a role in the ‘provocation’.

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