Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the 929th Chkalov State Flight-Test Center in the Southern Russian city Astrakhan to inspect the hypersonic Kinzhal missile system on Tuesday.

The Russian leader toured the military facility and was shown a MiG-31 interceptor jet equipped with the 'Kinzhal' missile system, which has a reported range of 2,000km (1,243 miles).

Putin also visited the town of Akhtubinsk in the Astrakhan Region as part of a series of meetings devoted to developing Russia's military and industrial complex. On the way to Akhtubinsk, Putin's plane was escorted by six Su-57 jets, as footage shows.

Earlier on Tuesday, Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitri Peskov refuted speculation that Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to defence sites is intended to "send a signal" hours ahead of his meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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