Russia Tests New Nuclear-Capable Missiles

Russia Tests New Nuclear-Capable Missiles

( – Russia recently suspended its participation in the New START Treaty, which kept it accountable to the United States for the number of nuclear warheads it deployed. In return, the United States stopped sharing its own Nuclear Arsenal Information with Russia, which had been a stipulation of the treaty, although the White House says it will remain true to the rest of the agreement. While this plays out, Russia is pushing forward with its nuclear missile testing. A new report shows the aggressive country, which is still waging a year-long war in Ukraine, just tested some new nuclear-capable anti-ship missiles in the Sea of Japan.

On Tuesday, March 28, the Russian Defense Ministry announced it successfully fired two SS-N-22 Sunburn missiles, also known as Moskit cruise missiles, from its ships to a target in the Peter the Great Gulf near its shoreline. The projectile, which can carry a nuclear warhead, can go three times the speed of sound and travel up to 155 miles.

Japan, whose northern island is over 7,400 miles away from where the test took place, held a news conference later the same day to say the nation would not protest the event. According to the Associated Press, Japanese Foreign Ministry Official Tasuku Matsuki highlighted that “Japan is concerned about Russia’s increasing military activities,” but the missile drills are nothing new.

Russia said it will continue to keep the US apprised of its ballistic missile tests. According to Al Jazeera, the nation is also conducting exercises with its Yars intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) system. This particular weapon is said to be able to carry numerous nuclear warheads and can be launched from heavy-duty trucks or silos.

While Russia continues to show the world its nuclear arsenal, various countries still keep pressuring Russian President Vladimir Putin to de-escalate the situation, as a nuclear war would leave devastation in its wake.

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