Thu. Jun 8th, 2023

Russian Vladimir Putin, the Russian president Vladimir Putin announced Wednesday that his military has successfully tested-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that has the capability of carrying an enormous nuclear payload however, the Pentagon claimed that it did not pose an imminent risk to the United States.

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“This extremely unique weapon will increase the fighting capabilities of our military forces. It will effectively ensure Russia’s security when faced with threats from outside, and offer a source of inspiration for those during the midst of the chaos of violent rhetoric trying to harm our nation,” Putin said in his telecast remarks.

The RS-28 Sarmat, which NATO has dubbed “Satan 2,” is considered Russia’s most powerful ICBM: a super-heavy, thermonuclear-armed intercontinental-range ballistic missile.

The missile was unveiled at the time of the 2018 Russian state of the nation address is an example of the “next version” of weapons that could penetrate “any system of missile defense” systems, Putin stated at the time.

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Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby told reporters Wednesday that the United States did not consider the weapon to be a risk for Washington as well as its allies. The defense policy and strategy specialists informed The Washington Post that although the weapon may sound intimidating, however, the increasing threats Putin has been making since his unprovoked February. 24, the invasion into Ukraine ought to be more alarming.

The Sarmat was planned in order to take over the design of the Soviet Voevoda that was developed in 1962 and had the capacity of carrying three nuclear warheads. Its Sarmat weighs 200 meters (220 tonnes) as well as has a wider reach, which permits it to fly above either the North or South poles and hit all targets around the globe, Putin said in 2018. Putin also said that the Sarmat is equipped with a higher quantity of stronger nuclear warheads. The Pentagon has emphasized the strengths of the weapon and claimed it was “the American people should rest at ease knowing that we are ready.”

Russia initially intended to complete the Sarmat trials in 2022 before deciding to start deploying it to the military shortly after. However, several test launches, which were considered to be late-stage trials in the field of arms development were delayed until 2022, the state-owned Tass news agency reported in the last year.

“Sarmat is a most potent missile, with the longest range of destruction of any target around the globe, and will greatly enhance the capabilities of the nation’s nuclear strategic troops,” the Russian Defense Ministry declared Wednesday, notifying an effective test launch from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the Arkhangelsk region.

Putin has praised Sarmat experts in his remarks on Wednesday for bringing out a pure “domestic” production. Economic sanctions that have been imposed against Russia in the past including the most recent due to the invasion into Ukraine has effectively barred Russia from importing products with dual purposes that can assist in the advancement of its military and have made many of the key industries that depend heavily on imports, including aviation, susceptible to manufacturing and maintenance interruptions.

The United States and Canada this week have pledged to provide more powerful weapons to Ukraine as well as other countries have also sent additional tools to help fight Russia’s aggression.

Russia is always in possession of a large number of ICBMs that could hit Europe and the United States and Europe, said John Erath the senior policy director of the Center for Non-Proliferation and Arms Control.

The recent threat from Putin is more concerning than the actual weapon Erath stated.

“We must be extremely concerned regarding this practice of creating threats as a part of Russian policy growing in the currency of Russia,” Erath said.

The Kremlin’s strategy of “escalate-to-deescalate” has included threats to use nuclear weapons since the early 2000s, according to Matthew Kroenig, deputy director of the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and the director of its Scowcroft Strategy Initiative.

Putin was using nuclear threats during the 2015 invasion of Ukraine and was warning other nations of the consequences of intervening, Kroenig said. Kroenig is also a Georgetown University professor.

“Every time Biden declares that he does not desire escalations towards Russia … this strategy seems to be effective,” Kroenig said. Putin “is making us more cautious and restricting our actions to prevent nuclear war. On the other hand, is that Putin doesn’t wish to have a nuclear war, either. This is detrimental to Putin, Russia, and the efforts to fight.”

Following the Russian invasion in February of Ukraine and it was reported that the United States postponed and subsequently canceled a planned test of Minuteman III, an intercontinental ballistic missile. Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile the decision was taken to make sure that Russia could not interpret this as an act of firepower or use it to justify increasing fighting in Ukraine.

Kirby Kirby, the Pentagon spokesperson, claimed that Russia has notified to the United States in keeping with the obligations of Russia as a signatory to The New START, an arms control treaty that regulates nuclear-capable weapons which will expire in the first quarter of 2026. Kirby said the United States was not surprised by the test, Kirby said.

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