Russian Federation says it has tested a new nuclear missile
- Author: Megan Austin Apr 02, 2018,
Apr 02, 2018, 11:07
Putin said during his annual state of the nation parliamentary address this month that Russian Federation had begun actively testing the Sarmat - known to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as the SS-X-32 SNOWFLAKE. In response, the Kremlin announced it would expel 60 American diplomats and close the USA consulate in St. Petersburg, Fox News reported.
The missile test comes as Russia seeks to explain the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy on British soil earlier this month with a Soviet-linked nerve agent that has resulted in a near-complete breakdown of relations between the United Kingdom and Russia, while the USA has firmly supported the U.K.'s response.
Russia's military said this was the second time it has successfully test-launched a Sarmat. If these capabilities are accurate, it could make the Kinzhal hard to intercept by anti-missile systems.
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Putin also said Sarmat could carry an array of warheads capable of dodging missile defenses. Putin also said that other nuclear cruise missiles would have "unlimited" range, as well.
"With these steps, the United States and our allies and partners make clear to Russian Federation that its actions have consequences", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement this week.
"It's a response to US abandoning anti-missile defense treaty and building up its potential".
"Russia remained and remains the largest nuclear power". In a statement, Russian Federation said the launch was a success. "The response will be instant and with all the relevant consequences".