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Russia Launches ICBM Despite Rising Tensions
ABC News ^ | 03/04/2014 | Luis Martinez

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 Russia’s 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 region’s 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Russia
KEYWORDS: icbm; russia; ukraine

1 posted on 03/04/2014 1:27:37 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

SOURCE: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2014/03/04/Russia-conducts-test-of-ICBM-missile-at-site-near-Ukraine-border/UPI-45791393946692/?spt=rln&or=2

EXCERPT:

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.


2 posted on 03/04/2014 1:28:38 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

SOURCE: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-ukraine-crisis-icbm-test-20140304,0,802611.story

EXCERPT

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.


3 posted on 03/04/2014 1:29:43 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Hey....we do this all the time.


4 posted on 03/04/2014 1:30:07 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: SeekAndFind

Wow. How many ways can Pooty give the finger to The Wan?


5 posted on 03/04/2014 1:30:14 PM PST by clintonh8r (Don't twerk me, Broi)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Despite rising tensions”? These people don’t understand the Russians at all!


6 posted on 03/04/2014 1:35:36 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: SeekAndFind
...the missile was fired east over the Caspian Sea and landed in a remote part of Kazakhstan.

Not much of an ICBM unless it did a go around.

FOBS anybody?

7 posted on 03/04/2014 1:36:27 PM PST by stboz
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To: SeekAndFind
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.

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.

8 posted on 03/04/2014 1:38:52 PM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: stboz

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.


9 posted on 03/04/2014 1:39:26 PM PST by Monty22002
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To: SeekAndFind

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. ?

OOOPS CÀPS!!:-)


10 posted on 03/04/2014 1:41:42 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: clintonh8r

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.


11 posted on 03/04/2014 1:42:43 PM PST by Starboard
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To: SeekAndFind
Despite

Despite? How about purposefully rubbing salt into wounds
I would bet the Crimean move has been planned for months

12 posted on 03/04/2014 1:44:27 PM PST by HangnJudge
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To: Starboard

Somebody in the white house just crapped their pants. Guess who?


13 posted on 03/04/2014 1:48:37 PM PST by refermech
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To: Starboard

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.


14 posted on 03/04/2014 1:49:00 PM PST by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: Starboard

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.


15 posted on 03/04/2014 1:49:38 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: HangnJudge

Probably the same headline writer who uses “unexpectedly” every time there is a new piece of bad economic news to report.


16 posted on 03/04/2014 1:52:25 PM PST by A Balrog of Morgoth (QMC(SW) USN........ CG21 DD988 FFG34 PC6 ARS53)
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To: catfish1957

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.


17 posted on 03/04/2014 1:56:54 PM PST by wk4bush2004
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To: SeekAndFind

“Despite”.

Those jokers at ABC. Always pulling your leg.


18 posted on 03/04/2014 1:56:56 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Mohammed was a pedophile and Islam is a Totalitarian Death Cult.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Despite? BECAUSE of the tensions and bam bams weak response


19 posted on 03/04/2014 1:59:04 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Rising tensions?" Oh! You mean Cold War II!"

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20 posted on 03/04/2014 1:59:42 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Having worked in the media for over a decade, allow me to assure you that as stupid as you think these people are, it’s far worse than you imagine.


21 posted on 03/04/2014 2:01:20 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Sacajaweau
Hey....we do this all the time.

We do NOT launch ICBMs to influence a particular negotiation or situation. Not too damn often, anyway.

22 posted on 03/04/2014 2:03:33 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Not to mention,...

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Excerpt:
"No one was injured by the missile, which struck on Monday evening near Tsitelubani, a village about 30 miles from Tbilisi, the Georgian capital. The missile broke apart on impact, but did not explode. The Georgian military later detonated the missile."

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23 posted on 03/04/2014 2:04:19 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: steve86

Apologias are flying off the shelf for Putin. It’s as if the good people of FreeRepublic decided to act like the American Left has for years by praising foreign tyrants who make problems for a president that is of the opposite party.


24 posted on 03/04/2014 2:06:12 PM PST by elhombrelibre (Free Ukraine. Free Venezuela. Free Syria. Free Iran. Free the USA.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Not only is Putin in obama’s face, he is rubbing his boot in it.

What a sorry situation for America!


25 posted on 03/04/2014 2:08:15 PM PST by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: catfish1957

And all of them thinking, “How the heck can Americans have been so stupid”.


26 posted on 03/04/2014 2:08:15 PM PST by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: Sacajaweau

Yep. Every quarter.


27 posted on 03/04/2014 2:10:26 PM PST by CodeToad (Keeping whites from talking about blacks is verbal segregation!)
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To: steve86

We just threaten to break treaties, pull funding and a million other far more damaging things than a test launch. See Honduras and Uganda for two recent examples. And of course Lybia, Syria and Egypt.. (Not that I’m for a lot of our foreign aid to begin with.)


28 posted on 03/04/2014 2:10:32 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: SeekAndFind

When Hillary came up with that “Reset” button, she must have meant we’ll get to rebuild our cities from the ground up after a Russian nuclear attack.


29 posted on 03/04/2014 2:11:37 PM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Norm Lenhart

“as stupid as you think these people are, it’s far worse than you imagine.”

Considering this crowd can imagine amazing levels of stupidity....I won’t be sleeping at night.


30 posted on 03/04/2014 2:11:43 PM PST by CodeToad (Keeping whites from talking about blacks is verbal segregation!)
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To: elhombrelibre

Are we supposed to praise our own stupidity instead? Because our own stupidity led directly to Putin doing what he is doing.


31 posted on 03/04/2014 2:12:01 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: CodeToad

Should I mention the lib reporter who argued in a filled newsroom that 1=1 does not always have to equal two, used quantum mechanics to justify it, then went on to work for an east coast politician?


32 posted on 03/04/2014 2:13:37 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Norm Lenhart

Many reporters think and act like they’re experts in everything (e.g., foreign affairs, the economy, weather, sports, entertainment, etc.). People like that are a mile wide and an inch deep.


33 posted on 03/04/2014 2:14:47 PM PST by Starboard
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To: Norm Lenhart

Edit...Argued 1 plus 1


34 posted on 03/04/2014 2:15:01 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Starboard

Yes...and shaping public opinion.


35 posted on 03/04/2014 2:15:31 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: catfish1957

For the next three years (and quite possibly more) we are sitting ducks. Its open season on the U.S. with no bag limit.


36 posted on 03/04/2014 2:18:15 PM PST by Starboard
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To: Norm Lenhart

That may be the worst thing. They see themselves as keepers of the torch.


37 posted on 03/04/2014 2:19:29 PM PST by Starboard
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To: Starboard

Accepting lesser evils in DC has consequences. We are now living them. If we have a future remaining, we might want to reassess that plan of action.


38 posted on 03/04/2014 2:20:31 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: Starboard

Oh most certainly. The level of unwarranted arrogance in a newsroom puts a Hollywood party to shame. They are convinced the public is retarded. Literally. No exaggeration. And that their access to the unedited AP wire gives them knowledge and wisdom to guide the unwashed masses.

There are several former newsies here on FR. They will all tell you exactly that.


39 posted on 03/04/2014 2:23:10 PM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: SeekAndFind

behaving like the NK Kims


40 posted on 03/04/2014 2:24:09 PM PST by Wuli
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To: SeekAndFind

So they named it after the main actor in Fiddler On The Roof. all day long I’d bidi-bidi-bum


41 posted on 03/04/2014 2:26:09 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (http://thegatwickview.tumblr.com/ http://thepurginglutheran.tumblr.com/)
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To: SeekAndFind

All you people who didn’t show up on election day in 2012 and vote for Romney.... No matter what you think of what he might have done domestically... He would have the RIGHT people dealing with defense and foreign issues, and we WOULD NOT BE GOING DOWN THIS ROAD. I hope you can look at yourself in the mirror with righteousness and say that your NON PARTICIPATION in 2012 was a great thing... Especially when something really bad happens


42 posted on 03/04/2014 2:49:54 PM PST by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: steve86

This launch scheduled way before the opposition took to the streets. We knew about it. I believe it is part of the agreements attached to START.


43 posted on 03/04/2014 2:51:07 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: steve86

Read the third line in the posting.


44 posted on 03/04/2014 2:51:55 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

Sure, it was planned for some time but Putin knew what his timetable would be following the Olympics.


45 posted on 03/04/2014 2:56:17 PM PST by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: usconservative

No, they have to submit information way before the test. It is to warn the Members of START that they are going to do it so no one hits the red button. Geez...


46 posted on 03/04/2014 2:58:54 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: clintonh8r; All

” - - - White House is announcing an aid package to Ukraine of $1 billion - - - “

FINALLY! A highly successful backward solution to all known problems comes out of the Nobel Peace Prize winning White House!

“What is that?, “ You may ask? The answer, of course, is unlimited amounts of unfunded US Taxpayer Debt Dollars!

Yup! Works every time, and faster than you can can say “IcandoanythingIwantbyjustbyoassingCongress.” Nobel Laurette Soetoro-Obama just says: “Charge it to the next generation, please! Whoopee! My work here is done! Golf anyone?”

Secretary of Statements John “Cachup” Kerry will ride in, start writing rubber checks, and the ensuing bright rosy glow will spread around the World. Well, maybe not onto “the Arab Street.”

Although the always weak, Obamanation Foreign Policy is well on the way to its usual backward success, there are still a few topics that have yet to be resolved, as follows:

* Were is the Internet Video that caused the Ukrainians to force their beloved President to take the entire Ukrainian Treasury with him when he fled the country?

* Will “Catchup” Kerry enlist the help of famed video detective Susan Rice to help him track down and jail the perp. who made this awful, obscure, unknown video, that the United States had nothing to do with?

* Will the US Department of Statements spend more unfunded US Taxpayer Debt Dollars for the Ukranian Denial Ad than they did for the 2012 Benghazi Denial Ad?

* Note: Kerry must excel here because due to the obvious cruel onslaught of the aging process on Mrs. Bill Clinton, “Catchup” Kerry may be duty-bound to replace her as the obvious Democrat frontrunner in the 2016 Presidential race.

* Since POS Soetoro-Obama hit the famous RESET BUTTON on Russia, the NASA Space Program has had to be “dependent on the kindness of strangers” from Russia. Hopefully, our astronauts will be able to borrow food and vodka from the Russians while they wait for “Catchup” Kerry to resolve this Ukrainian “investment.”

* Will buddy Vlad Putin be as flexible with the Renowned Obamanation Foreign Policy as Soetoro-Obama was with Putin?

* Rumor has it that Vlad Putin has his eye on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his defusing of the Syrian “Red Line” Crisis.

* Another rumor is that Putin could win the Nobel Peace Prize if he sold all of Russia’s US Treasury Notes, requested that the USA be dropped from the G9, and appointed Snowden to be the Russian Ambassador to the United States of America.


47 posted on 03/04/2014 3:00:41 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, it’s not like o didn’t deserve the bitch slapping he’s gotten from dictators all over the world.


48 posted on 03/04/2014 3:13:50 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: SeekAndFind

Big deal.


49 posted on 03/04/2014 3:16:35 PM PST by Logical me
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To: SeekAndFind

No big deal. Kerry’s delivering a billion dollars today. Everything’s gonna be alright.

Everybody just needs to relax, Odumbo’s got it under control.


50 posted on 03/04/2014 5:40:52 PM PST by slouper (LWRC SPR 223)
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