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
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.
We do NOT launch ICBMs to influence a particular negotiation or situation. Not too damn often, anyway.
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.
Not only is Putin in obama’s face, he is rubbing his boot in it.
What a sorry situation for America!
And all of them thinking, “How the heck can Americans have been so stupid”.
Yep. Every quarter.
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.)
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.
“as stupid as you think these people are, its far worse than you imagine.”
Considering this crowd can imagine amazing levels of stupidity....I won’t be sleeping at night.
Are we supposed to praise our own stupidity instead? Because our own stupidity led directly to Putin doing what he is doing.
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?
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.
Edit...Argued 1 plus 1
Yes...and shaping public opinion.
For the next three years (and quite possibly more) we are sitting ducks. Its open season on the U.S. with no bag limit.
That may be the worst thing. They see themselves as keepers of the torch.
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.
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.
behaving like the NK Kims
So they named it after the main actor in Fiddler On The Roof. all day long I’d bidi-bidi-bum
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
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.
Read the third line in the posting.
Sure, it was planned for some time but Putin knew what his timetable would be following the Olympics.
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...
- - - 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 Russias 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.
Well, it’s not like o didn’t deserve the bitch slapping he’s gotten from dictators all over the world.
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.