On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin promised to put into operation this year the latest intercontinental ballistic missile, the Sarmat missile, a system that had been overcome and would have encountered failures, according to American sources.
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“We pay special attention, as always, to strengthening the nuclear triad. “This year, the first launchers of the Sarmat missile system will be put into service,” he said in a video released on the eve of the first anniversary of his attack on Ukraine and on Defender of the Fatherland Day.
On Tuesday, during his much-anticipated annual address, Mr. Putin announced the commissioning of more nuclear systems, without specifying which ones, and announced the suspension of Russia’s participation in the New START Treaty, the last bilateral nuclear disarmament agreement binding on the Russians and Americans. .
The Sarmat missile, which was announced to be operational for the first time in 2022, was described last April by the master of the Kremlin as a missile capable of “overcoming all anti-aircraft systems” and “will make those who try to threaten” Russia.
It is part of a series of missiles introduced by Vladimir Putin in 2018 as “Invincible”. According to him, the Sarmatians, whom Westerners call the Second Devil, have an almost unlimited scope.
But according to CNN, citing US officials who spoke on condition of anonymity, Sarmat’s latest trial failed this week.
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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on Wednesday’s revelations.
“All information that deserves publication is provided by the Ministry of Defense,” he said, before warning of Western “provocations”.
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