While Biden was in Kyiv, Moscow launched the super-heavy ICBM
MOSCOW, RUSSIA — Washington notified Moscow that the US president would be landing in Kyiv. This is a practice that has been done for years around the world around conflict zones to avoid escalation. The notification was intended to prevent Kyiv from being bombed while the US president is visiting there.
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Moscow later returned the gesture by informing Washington that while Biden was in Kyiv, Russia would conduct a test of its RS-28 Sarmat super-heavy intercontinental ballistic missile. However, the launch did not go according to plan and the test failed.
International observers say the failed missile test changed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech he gave on Tuesday, February 21. According to political scientists, Putin would have mentioned the test if he had passed it successfully. However, the failure did not include the RS-28 Sarmat in the presidential speech. Political scientists recall that Putin likes to announce the tests of his missiles and weapons, but only when they are successful.
Russia first revealed the RS-28 Sarmat to the world nearly seven years ago – in 2016. This missile is supposed to replace the obsolete R-36M Voevoda ICBM in the nuclear arsenal and triad of the Russian Federation. According to Russian sources, the RS-28 Sarmat can engage targets at a distance of 6,835 miles and can carry a 100-ton warhead.
BulgarianMilitary.com reminds us that the Russian Federation has the largest nuclear arsenal in the world. However, a large part of it was inherited from the collapsed Soviet Union.
In this regard, on Tuesday, during his speech, Putin announced that Russia is suspending its participation in the New START treaty, which directly affects the nuclear arsenal between the United States and Russia. Putinobache emphasized that he is not renouncing the contract, but that this is a temporary suspension of participation.
The rate of equipping the Russian nuclear forces with modern weapons is more than 91%, and the same high level should be achieved in all components of the Russian armed forces, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
“Now the level of equipment of the Russian nuclear deterrent forces with the latest systems is 91.3 percent,” Putin said in his presidential address to the Federal Assembly. “Now with the accumulated experience, we must reach an equally high level of quality in all components of the Armed Forces,” he said.
New START is a nuclear arms reduction treaty between the United States and the Russian Federation with the formal name of Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms. It was signed on 8 April 2010 in Prague, and, after ratification, entered into force on 5 February 2011. It was expected to last until 5 February 2026, having been extended in 2021.
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