MOSCOW, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- Russia's nuclear capabilities are the most modern in the world, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu claimed Wednesday.
"Our country's nuclear shield has still been powerful and strong. We do everything for that," Shoigu told students at the Federal Siberian University in the city of Krasnoyatsk, adding that Russia possesses several thousand warplanes and military helicopters, and cutting-edge air defense and anti-missile systems.
"No one has more advanced and so high-capacity systems," he assured, noting that Russian weapons enjoy high demand on the global arms market. Russia occupies the second place on these markets, he added.
According to Shoigu, Russia has been completing the construction of more military enterprises, mentioning Krasnoyarsk among the regions where some of these plants are located.
"Starting the next year, we will be producing very serious weapons here," Shoigu said.