Russian President Vladimir Putin reports 700 hostages seized by IS in Syria

Mourners attended a prayer service for the Kerch polytechnic vocational school attack victims

Mourners attended a prayer service for the Kerch polytechnic vocational school attack victims

Putin said at an worldwide policy forum in Sochi on Thursday that the USA sanctions against companies that engage in trade with Iran would spur the creation of payment systems that don't depend on the dollar. He said Moscow only would tap its nuclear arsenal if early warning systems spotted missiles heading toward Russian Federation, in which case "the aggressor should know that retaliation is inevitable".

"The Islamic State was controlling the camp for three hours and took the people hostage from the camp to inside the ISIS area", he said.

"The aggressor will have to understand that retaliation is inevitable, that it will be destroyed and that we, as victims of aggression, as martyrs, will go to heaven".

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

The Russian leader also claimed that new hypersonic missiles his country has developed give it a military edge.

Vladimir Putin has said Russian Federation will deploy new state-of-the-art missiles "within months", putting the country ahead of its rivals in the West.

The Orthodox Church Dushanbe broke the connection with Constantinople
Dushanbinsky of the Orthodox Church after the Russian Orthodox Church severs the ties with Constantinople. In the first half of 2018 alone, Ukraine witnessed 10 new attacks on Russian Orthodox Churches.

Another new weapon, the Avangard, is set to enter service in the next few months, he said.

Putin dismissed USA investigations into Russian election interference as an "internal political struggle".

Putin revealed the programme, and other missile systems he said were unbeatable, during his re-election campaign in March.

Putin said Trump aims at "some sort of stabilization and improvement of U.S. -Russian ties" and said Moscow is ready for that "at any moment".

"They will simply die because they won't even have time to repent", he said to some laughter from the audience.

"But there is a place for real heroism in today's life", he said.

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