02 April, 2018
The Russian Defense Ministry has issued a statement Friday reporting that they've conducted a second test of the Sarmat system, a super-heavy intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that is meant to counter growing Western investment in missile defenses. Russian media claimed at the time that this was in protest of the European Missile Defense Shield being built by the U.S. In November 2011, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev threatened that if the U.S. proceeds with the planned European missile shield system, Russia would deploy Iskander missiles in the Kaliningrad border area between Poland and Lithuania to strike against the system.
On Thursday, the Kremlin announced it would expel 60 American diplomats and close the USA consulate in St Petersburg after the United States and European nations announced coordinated expulsions of Russian diplomats.
The U.S. joined the United Kingdom and several European Union nations in punishing Russian Federation after a former double agent and his daughter were attacked with a nerve agent on the streets of Salisbury in the United Kingdom. It is the second time it has been fired since last December.
There are worries about the rising tension between some countries when it comes to nuclear weapons.
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.More news: Black Panther becomes highest-grossing superhero movie in US
Putin was speaking at his annual state of the nation address when he made the statements and essentially put the United States on notice.
The supersonic RS-28 Sarmat is believed to be capable of carrying up to 10 or 15 nuclear warheads.
Russian Federation has long protested the U.S.'s development of a missile defense shield in Europe, which the US argued is meant to guard against North Korea and Iran, but which the Kremlin said can be directed at Russian Federation.
"It can attack any target, through the North or South Pole, it is a powerful weapon and no missile defence system will be able to withstand", he said.
Putin has since said he does not want an arms race. Do not forget, no one really wanted to talk to us.
Putin also boasted of Russia's "modern, compact and high-tech army".