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Russia Shows Off Test-Launch Footage Of Its 'Satan 2' Long-Range Missile

Russia Shows Off Test-Launch Footage Of Its 'Satan 2' Long-Range Missile

The test was carried out at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, as spaceport in the west of Russian Federation.

Russia's military has conducted a second test of its new intercontinental ballistic missile, which President Vladimir Putin claims "can reach any point in the world". The Russian Defense Ministry posted video footage of the launch.

On Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said 60 U.S. diplomats would be expelled and the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg would be closed in a quid pro quo response to the sanctions imposed by the Trump administration and the expulsion of Russian diplomats in the U.S. The Russian consulate in Seattle was also a target for shuttering by the U.S.

Russia on Thursday said it will expel 60 US diplomats from its country, - the same number of diplomats that the United States expelled earlier this week in response to Moscow's use of a nerve agent to try and kill a Russian ex-spy and his daughter in the U.K. Russia will also close down the USA consulate in St. Petersburg, it said, as well as expel the same number of diplomats from other countries who also kicked out Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning.

There are worries about the rising tension between some countries when it comes to nuclear weapons.

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Experts have said Putin's claims about the missile were hyperbolic, given that Russia's current Voyevoda-class ICBMs can already easily overwhelm the U.S.' missile defenses, as they could have in the Cold War.

"With these steps, the United States and our allies and partners make clear to Russian Federation that its actions have consequences", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement this week.

The RS-28 Sarmat is said to be capable of carrying up to 10 or 15 nuclear warheads and flying at supersonic speed. "No one listened before, so listen to Russian Federation now", Putin said. USA -led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation viewed this as a provocation and assembled new forces along Russia's borders, leading to an increase in military action from both sides of the crisis.

Putin also boasted of Russia's "modern, compact and high-tech army".


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