Vladimir Putin to Deploy Deadly ‘Satan II’ Missile with UK as Prime Target in Fall | World | News

The “Satan-II” Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) can carry 10 or more warheads and can hit targets in the US and Europe. The news comes as a Russian MP Boris Johnson warned that the UK was now a “primary target” for Moscow, given London’s unwavering military and political support for Kiev. The Russian ICBM was successfully tested last week after years of delay and comes at a time when fears of a possible nuclear conflict are mounting.

Dmitry Rogozin told Russian state television that the Sarmat missiles would be stationed in the Siberian city of Uzhur, in the Krasnoyarsk region, about 3,000 kilometers east of Moscow.

They would be deployed by the fall at the latest and placed in the same silos as the Soviet-era Voyevoda missiles they are to replace.

The head of the Russian space agency claimed that the “superweapon” was a historic event that would ensure the safety of Russia’s children and grandchildren for the next 30-40 years.

Mr. Rogozin boasted of the power and reach of the Kremlin’s latest addition to its atomic arsenal.

He said: “This is a missile that is much more powerful than other strategic weapons, including the Minuteman III missile, which is in service with the United States.

“Both in terms of global reach and the power of nuclear warheads that can be delivered to an aggressor’s territory.”

The head of Roskosmos added: “This is a huge success for our designers and engineers. We are very proud.”

The Sarmat ICBM was developed at the Makeyev State Rocket Center and is manufactured by the Krasmash company.

It can travel at speeds of up to 16,000 mph and deploy multiple warheads at hypersonic speed, making it very difficult to intercept.

The Sarmat will also be able to launch the Avangard, Russia’s first hypersonic rocket, which can travel to the top of the Earth’s atmosphere at more than ten times the speed of sound.

The Russian president has repeatedly threatened to use nuclear weapons during his military campaign in Ukraine.

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Putin put Russia’s nuclear forces on edge days after the invasion began.

At the time, the Kremlin quoted “western countries… taking unfriendly actions” through economic sanctions and “aggressive statements against our country”.

The Kremlin’s increased use of nuclear blackmail has led to growing consternation among Western leaders and policymakers.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said last month: “The prospect of a nuclear conflict, once unimaginable, is now possible.”

Security experts also believe Russia’s bellicose nuclear rhetoric will fuel a new nuclear arms race as countries rush to bolster their military defenses.

Fiona Hill, a British-born Russia expert and former White House intelligence adviser, told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that countries like Japan and South Korea “really will change your non-nuclear stance and your reliance on the United States.” reconsider”.

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She said: “So the whole idea of ​​non-proliferation is really out the window because it’s basically very clear that the reason we’re not going after Russia with everything we’ve got is because they have a nuclear weapon and he says that he is willing to use one.

“And everyone is looking at this now and thinking, ‘Okay, well if I want to have my way with my neighbor, I need a nuclear weapon’ – that’s basically what Putin is telling us.

“And vice versa, everyone thinks, ‘If I’m going to take a good defensive position, I can’t count on someone else coming to help me, I need a nuclear weapon.’

“So we’re in a whole new area that we haven’t even been to during the Cold War, and so this requires really robust diplomacy.”

Earlier this weekend, a Russian lawmaker warned the UK that it is now firmly in Moscow’s nuclear crosshairs as a result of its military support for Ukraine.

The MP said: “Britain is a prime target for that (nuclear attack). It is an island nation, which would minimize damage to the continent.”

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