Putin says Islamic State has seized 700 hostages in Syria

Putin says Islamic State has seized 700 hostages in Syria

Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, has said that Wednesday's mass school shooting in Crimea was the result of "globalisation" and the continuation of an American trend.

Speaking at a policy forum, Putin that "when we see a coming strike on the territory of Russian Federation, we will retaliate".

Putin cautioned that Russia's new "hypersonic missiles" have given it a competitive edge over other countries, whereas he said other countries are one-and-a-half to 2 years behind the curve.

The Russian president told the audience at an global policy forum that the country's military has commissioned one hypersonic weapon already and that the recently developed Avangard hypersonic vehicle is set to enter service within the next few months. And since we will be the victims of his aggression, we will be going to heaven as martyrs.

He also said at the event that Moscow will be deploying hypersonic weapons in the "coming months", as quoted by CNBC. Earlier this year, Putin said the Avangard has an intercontinental range and can fly in the atmosphere at a speed 20 times the speed of sound, making it capable of piercing any missile defense system.

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The Islamist terrorists have already murdered a number of hostages and warned that they will perform daily executions, the Russian president has said. Putin spoke on a wide range of topics from United States domestic politics to Russian involvement in Syria.

A source told TASS: "Militants demand that Syrian Democratic Forces fighting on the side of the US-led coalition release captured IS terrorists and concede several territories on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River".

"I hope it will go away", he said.

Russia has beefed up its arsenals amid tensions with the West over the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and the allegations of Russian meddling in the USA 2016 presidential vote. "An empire always thinks that it's so powerful that it can afford some mistakes and extra costs".

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