Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted Thursday that his country has developed a nuclear-powered missile with an unlimited range that is also completely immune to enemy intercept.
Speaking during an annual state-of-the-nation speech in Moscow, Putin said the cruise missile is capable of penetrating any missile defense and can reach virtually any target around the world. “No defense systems will be able to withstand it,” he said.
NATO has nicknamed this missile — an RS-28 Sarmat rocket — “Satan 2.” Russian media has claimed it could entirely wipe out an area the size of Texas or France. Neither the White House nor the U.S. defense community offered immediate reaction.
Putin unveiled what he said was Russia’s new advanced weapons technology — his two-hour address included video clips of underwater drones and intercontinental missiles — while delivering a warning to the United States over its pursuit of anti-missile defense systems. “Efforts to contain Russia have failed, face it,” he said.
“Nobody listened to us. Well, listen to us now,” Putin added, referring to accusations by Moscow that Washington has been violating non-nuclear proliferation agreements by assisting countries from Poland to Japan to establish global anti-missile systems.
It follows claims by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday that the U.S. is training armed forces in Europe on how use nuclear weapons against Russia. In his address in Moscow on Thursday, Putin said its new nuclear rocket effectively renders U.S. missile defense systems around the world meaningless.
“No one in the world has anything like (this weapon),” Putin said. “It may appear someday, but by that time we will develop something new.”
Source: USA Today