Skip to comments.Russia Launches ICBM Despite Rising Tensions
Posted on 03/04/2014 1:27:37 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Russia test fired an intercontinental ballistic missile today amid growing tensions between Moscow and Washington, but a U.S. official said the launch was planned in advance of the current crisis in Crimea.
The Russian Ministry of Defense announced the test of a RS-12 M ICBM that it said was designed to test a promising start warheads of intercontinental ballistic missiles.
A U.S. official confirmed the ICBM launch and said it was carried out through the protocols of the START Treaty.
Per the treaty requirements the official said the United States was notified of Russias planned launch long before the current crisis in Crimea.
The official said that the missile was fired east over the Caspian Sea and landed in a remote part of Kazakhstan.
That matches the information provided by the Russian Defense Ministry that the missile struck a condition target on the range in Sary-Shagan, Kazakhstan.
The planned launch comes at a time when Russia has raised international tensions by moving military forces into the Crimean peninsula, ostensibly to protect that regions ethnic Russian population. The Russian action has led to international condemnation and the United States is considering punitive actions against Russia that could take the form of economic sanctions.
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Spokesman Igor Yegorov said the test occurred at Kapustin Yar, about 280 miles east of Ukraine, where the pro-Russia Viktor Yanukovych was ousted by a government Russian President Vladimir Putin has called illegitimate, RIA Novosti reported.
Russia notified U.S. ahead of ICBM test, U.S. official says
The United States received notification from Russia ahead of its test-fire of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on Tuesday, in line with Moscow’s commitments under the nuclear arms treaty between the two countries, a U.S. official said.
The official, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said initial notification of Russia’s test plans pre-dated Russia’s military intervention in Crimea.
Hey....we do this all the time.
Wow. How many ways can Pooty give the finger to The Wan?
“Despite rising tensions”? These people don’t understand the Russians at all!
Not much of an ICBM unless it did a go around.
If that's true, then what's with the anonymity?
My BULLSHIT alert is going off. This wasn't planned ahead of time, this caught OBOZO and his clown-filled administration completely by surprise. I'd bet the farm on that.
I don’t think the Topols can do FOBS. I’m not sure how many SS-18s they have left, that would certainly do it. But they’re technically not supposed to.. lol
They have some for sure though, just for that I’m sure.
Wagging the ICBM ‘TESTS’ and quasi-invasion of a recognized sovereign nation ..
How convenient for Obama.. And the media..
IS THat the OLYMPIC SPIRIT OR WHAT? Just saying. ?
Putin has no reason to be concerned in the least about the weak and feckless Obama. All Putin sees is a great big green light and no speed limit to his ambitions.
We are headed for serious trouble.
Despite? How about purposefully rubbing salt into wounds
I would bet the Crimean move has been planned for months
Somebody in the white house just crapped their pants. Guess who?
Exactly. I told my spouse yesterday that Russia, Iran, NK all are seeing a limited window of opportunity. Who knows who will be in the POTUS come 1/20/2017. And our enemies may not like it.
I see it more as we are headed into the consequense of our actions. People were willing to settle for lesser evil as a so called stop gap. What they got was a homofied congress willing to do Obama’s hair and nails rather than oppose his suicidal foreign policy.
So now we live with, or possibly die from those lesser evils.
Probably the same headline writer who uses “unexpectedly” every time there is a new piece of bad economic news to report.
Exactly. Putin is taking advantage of Obama’s weakness. He’s ruthless, but also very intelligent, determined and a strong, capable leader; something the USA could use now.
Those jokers at ABC. Always pulling your leg.
Despite? BECAUSE of the tensions and bam bams weak response