Russia Test-fired its new Nuclear Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Capable of Striking Targets in Europe and the United States.
Just a few days after the Kremlin claimed that the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine was not an option, Russia conducted a test launch of its newly developed nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile.
The commander of Russia's strategic missile forces, Colonel General Sergey Karakaev, said on Friday at a military conference that Russia had just conducted a successful test of its Sarmat missile, which is also referred to as Satan II.
During a test in northern Russia in April, Vladimir Putin saw Satan II take flight for the first time through a video connection. He later said that the new ballistic missile would cause Russia's adversaries to "think twice" before attacking Russia.
Each enormous Satan II has the capacity to carry at least ten actual warheads in addition to dummy warheads, and they are able to hit targets located thousands of miles distant in both Europe and the United States.
The missile has been praised by Russian defence authorities for its ability to avoid being intercepted.
Additionally, Colonel General Karakaev said on Friday that the Russian Missile Forces were prepared to take delivery of a second batch of Avangard hypersonic glide missiles.
Putin says intercontinental ballistic missile will be used in combat 'by the end of this year'
There is just one military unit that is currently outfitted with hypersonic weapons, which are able to transport nuclear bombs at a speed that is twenty times faster than the speed of sound.
Just a few days before to the reports of fresh missile tests, a Kremlin official refuted accusations that Russia had been threatening to deploy nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
"Those inquiries, let alone speculation, are not acceptable," Dmitry Peskov stated.
“It’s the European capitals that are talking about this, whipping up the tensions in this potentially dangerous area.”
Putin issued a stern warning in July, when nuclear saber-rattling emanating from the Kremlin was at its most acute, that Russia will deploy the Satan II missile system, which is capable of delivering nuclear weapons, by the end of the year. Since then, he has not made any assertions that are comparable.
This Thursday, China made a statement saying that it applauded Russia's promise that it would not use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
Wang Yi, the foreign minister of China, said that Russia had reaffirmed its view that a nuclear war was "impossible and unacceptable" after speaking with his Russian colleague on the sidelines of the G20 conference. Wang Yi made his remarks following a meeting with his Russian counterpart.
Mr. Wang characterised Russia's stance as "logical and responsible," and he said this about it.